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WELCOME TO THE September News Bulletin

In this month's newsletter: 

  • Green Leader Q&A with Kristine Barenholdt Bruun, Head of The Circular Lab, Roskilde
  • Guest Blog by City to Sea on their new refill guide 
  • Vision: 2025 get set to launch UK-wide Green Code for Events 
  • Guest blog with betternotstop on implementing sustainability strategy at Kendal Calling 
  • Vision: 2025 & Future Festival Tools: Sustainable Event Summit programme 
  • Zero Waste Festivals project launch waste survey for UK event organisers
  • ADE Green Conference: first glimpse of the 2022 programme
  • Julie's Bicycle announces speakers for the national summit 'We Make Tomorrow' 
  • Case Study: Power Logistics implement an Energy Management Solution for Extreme E motorsports
  • Selected news, jobs, events and comment from across the live events industry and beyond.

Get in touch with your questions and suggestions at info@vision2025.org.uk

Green Leader Q&A #25: Kristine Barenholdt Bruun, Head of The Circular Lab, Roskilde Festival

This month we asked Kristine Barenholdt Bruun, Head of the Circular Lab at Roskilde Festival, about her perspectives and motivation. Kristine has worked in the field of sustainability and entrepreneurship for 10+ years and now supports Roskilde's Circular Lab to give young, green entrepreneurs an opportunity to test solutions, products and business models that can contribute to the green transition of the society at large. Read her answers to our twenty Industry Green Leader questions HERE.

In July, Chris Johnson, Sustainability Lead at Shambala Festival took the Q&A, read his answers HERE.

Guest Blog: City to Sea on New Refill Guide: Solutions on Tap

City to Sea introduce their new guide and online hub, 'Solutions on Tap', aimed at helping organisers reduce waste and introduce reusable cup schemes at events. The guide offers events of all sizes practical guidance to overcome the misunderstandings and confusion around: buying or hiring cups, deposits or levies, branded or unbranded and where to wash. Their dedicated online hub provides event organisers, communities and councils with resources; including a cup carbon and waste saving calculator and ready-made posters to help communicate their schemes HERE.

In July, Native Events spoke about implementing a circular festival strategy for Body & Soul Festival, Ireland HERE. 


Vision 2025 and Future Festival Tools present an impactful Summit programme: with thought leaders, industry experts and policy makers, to inform and inspire outdoor event sustainability action, Weds October 19th, at The Showman's Show, Newbury Showground.

The new format will open with an invite-only roundtable sessions for Vision: 2025 event members and Green Leaders with open-to-all afternoon sessions introducing the Future Fesival Tools and covering key topics: travel, zero waste festivals, innovations in energy, a UK wide green code for events and the Green Supplier Awards. Read the programme highlights and register HERE.


Vision: 2025 is working with industry associations to develop a game-changing Green Events Code for outdoor events, to provide clear and workable minimum environmental standards and targets for all UK outdoor events, local authorities and the supply chain.

The code will align with 1.5 degrees, national 2030 net zero targets, Race to Zero, and the LIVE Green declaration, and aims to become part of the planning process at a local level. The code development has so far been funded by the AIF, Festival Republic and Superstruct, and more funds are being secured. In this article in Access All Areas Magazine, Paul Reed, CEO of the AIF (pictured), explains more about the code HERE

Green Code Event: Paul Reed will chair a panel focused on the Green Events Code at the Sustainable Event Summit, 19th October, at The Showman's Show. Read the programme and register for the free event HERE.    

Guest Blog: betternotstop help Kendal Callers Leave Nothing But Memories

In this guest blog, the team at Event Sustainability consultancy betternotstop; Founder, Hannah Cox, and Event Sustainability Officer, Sophie Zienkiewicz, tell us about working alongside the Kendal Calling Festival team to develop and implement a sustainability strategy for the 2022 edition.

They share the successes of the initiatives, including the ‘Leave Nothing but Memories’ campaign; which helped reduce the total tonnage of tent waste and campsite litter  – with over 98% of tents taken home this year and 250,000 single use cups removed from the site with the introduction of a reusable cup scheme. Read the full blog HERE 

Survey for Event Organisers - Help shape better waste practices in the UK events industry

Vision: 2025 and Julie’s Bicycle have launched a project working with specialist materials consultancy Resources Futures, to deepen the understanding of waste management and its impacts at outdoor festivals, aiming to set the industry on a course to overall waste reduction, zero waste to landfill, and increased recycling rates.

As part of the research, this survey aims to identify knowledge gaps, establish needs and highlight current obstacles for festival organisers in order to improve the waste management of UK festivals. The survey will close on the 23 September 2022. Take the survey HERE.


Centered around thought-provoking themes such as climate justice, accessibility, circular event management, single-use plastics and reusables, innovation, adaptation and resilience; the pioneering ADE Green conference returns for its 8th edition in Felix Meritis and Huis Vasari on Friday, October 21st.  Find a sneak preview HERE

Julie's Bicycle's We Make Tomorrow 2022

Get your tickets to Julie's Bicycle’s We Make Tomorrow 2022 summit - a day to celebrate creative climate leadership from around the globe.

Be inspired by performances and theatrical interventions curated by artistic partners including social justice creatives MAIA and acclaimed dramaturg Anthony Simpson-Pike; and make new connections at workshops and talks by 30+ pioneering artists, activists, scientists, policymakers and writers working towards a fairer future. 13 October 2022 at Birmingham Rep or online. Book your tickets HERE.


Power Logistics: Energy Management solutions for Extreme e motorsports series

Global power provider for live events, Power Logistics, share their work implementing a bespoke Energy Management Solution for the Extreme E motorsport series. The Power Logistics team reduced fuel emissions by 40% within the first three races of the season, despite an increase in energy consumption of 54%, using data gathered from the first race and implementing batteries and solar panel to redesign the electrical system.

They saved an average of 1.5MWh at each race by managing lighting in structures and outdoor site lighting and, by using sustainably sourced Green D+ HVO in generators, emissions were reduced by up to 89%. Read the full case study HERE.


Our selected news picks from across the Live Events Industry and beyond, including jobs, blogs, reports and what the Vision: 2025 team have been watching, listening to, and reading this month:

INDUSTRY PRESS: Access All Areas September edition is dedicated to exploring ways the events industry can help address the big issue we all face: climate change HERE

VIDEO: Shambala Festival share their sustainability success and get set to launch there 5 year strategy in 2023 HERE

PARTNER NEWS: Travel impact tackling charity ecolibrium share how they have helped live events carbon balance over 19 million travel miles with invesment in climate solutions in their 2021 annual report HERE

INDUSTRY PRESS: Making the Commonwealth Games ceremonies carbon neutral, with Birmingham Ceremonies Ltd in Access All Areas HERE

EVENT: Be part of The Great Green Week 24 Sept - 2nd Oct, the UK’s celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature HERE

VIDEO: Third episode of #TakingTheTemperature, by Julie's Bicycle in partnership with Arts Council England. Watch HERE

MEDIA: What went right this August: Postive News on the US climate bill, progress in food labelling and more HERE

INDUSTRY PRESS: Live Nation invest in reusbale cups company HERE

OPINION: Why bioplastics and compostable packaging are not the answer, by Upstream Solutions HERE

MEDIA: Sex, drugs and … sustainability? Music festivals struggle to go green - article in Politico HERE

PARTNER NEWS: EarthPercent release the world's first ever commercially available Bioplastic 12" record feat. Michael Stipe (R.E.M) and Beatie Wolfe made by Evolution Music Ltd. Article in Pitchfork HERE

NEWS: Arts Council England publish Environmental Responsibility Action Plan. Read the report HERE

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