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This month's news bulletin focuses on the programme for the Sustainable Event Summit, 19 October at the Showman's Show, Newbury Showground. Read on for: 

  • Full programme for the Sustainable Events Summit released: Sessions & Timings
  • Who's in the Room? Find out what organisations will be attending this Summit this year 
  • Speaker Bios: Get to know the panel hosts and what expertise, research and resources guests will be bringing to share
  • Individual session announcements: UK Beta Launch of the Future Festival Tools: reducing environmental impacts from Travel, Waste and Energy at events will be covered plus the chance for delegates to have their say in a proposed UK-wide Green Code for Events  
  • 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


The full programme for the Vision: 2025 and Future Festival Tools Sustainable Events Summit is now live, with complete sessions and speakers confirmed.

With just under two weeks to go until the Summit download the programme for session topics and to meet the thought leaders, industry experts and policy makers coming together to inform and inspire outdoor event sustainability action, Weds October 19th, Avenue B141, The Showman's Show, Newbury Showground. 

Read the full programme and register HERE.

Industry Green Leader CoLab: Invite-only ROUNDTABLEs To CONSIDER UK-WIDE GREEN CODE

The morning session of the Sustainable Events Summit brings Vision: 2025 members and invited Industry Green Leaders and suppliers to shape the UK-wide Green Code for Events. The Green Events Code has been developed by the Vision: 2025 Steering group in consultation with the Assocation Independent Festivals (AIF), Festival Republic and industry partners over the past 10 months and is intended to provide clear and robust minimum standards and shared targets for sustainability. Read more about the Green Code for Events in this article by AIF CEO, Paul Reed, in Access All Areas Magazine. HERE.  

email bethan@vision2025 if you are a Vision: 2025 member who has not yet received an invitation to the Industry Green CoLab session.  

Session 1: UK Beta Launch of The Future Festival Tools

Richard Phillips, Climate Change Specialist for the Music Industry at Julie's Bicycle, presents Future Festival Tools: a set of free resources designed to empower event professionals with green competency, tools and personal certification.

The session introduces the Future Festival Tools in the UK for the first time, giving a snapshot of what is available, a live demonstration running through different impact areas (e.g. energy, materials, waste, food and drink) to show how festival managers and event co-ordinators can self-assess their current level of sustainability and move forward with bespoke recommendations.

In this guest blog Richard Phillips explains the aims and scope of Future Festival Tools: HERE. 

SESSION 2: The Direction of Travel for Live Events

The first panel of the Summit is The Direction of Travel for Live Events: Liz Warwick, Environmental Consultant and Sustainability Lead at Cambridge Folk Festival, chairs an exploration of where things are going on the topic of sustainable travel for events.

Panellist Adam Corner, independent climate & culture writer and researcher, joins to share the findings of his project on audience travel behaviour for The Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations. Jamal Chalabi (Backlash Productions, The Tour Production Group, ecolibrium, A Greener Festival) shares his experience on how artists can tackle tour travel emissions. Geoff Fawkes, Sunbelt Rentals, speaks about Sunbelt’s ‘Sustainability Plan 2030 with a focus on travel. Amy Woodward, Sustainability and Innovation Specialist at PA Consulting, helps frame the future of transport policy, and Naomi Lawson, Project Manager for ecolibrium, celebrates how the charity has supported members to reduce travel carbon impacts and invest in climate solutions programmes across the world.

Full programme & register HERE. Full speaker bios HERE.  


'The Zero Waste Festival Project: No Time to Waste' panel will focus on the challenges and solutions of auditing and reducing event waste.

Chaired by Victoria Chapman, Head of Sustainability (UK&I) at Live Nation, who brings her experience of leading on sustainability for Festival Republic to the panel and discussion with guests: Charlotte Eddisford, Community Impact Lead and Senior Consultant at Resource Futures who will present the findings from the recent 'Zero Waste Festivals Project' which sets out to deepen understanding about waste management and its impacts at outdoor festivals. Teresa Moore, Director and lead on education, training and research at A Greener Festival brings her wealth of experience to the panel with input on tent waste, which she has been researching as part of her PhD on the topic. Matt Mellen, Refill Campaign Manager at City to Sea speaks about the findings from the recently published guide and online hub aimed at helping organisers reduce waste and introduce reusable cup schemes at events. 

Full programme & register HERE. Speaker bios HERE.

Session 4: Innovations in Energy: New Tech & Efficiency for Event Power

Sustainable Event Summit host Graham Brown chairs the Innovations in Energy panel; with an industry update on the latest innovations in energy management at live events. Tim Benson (Powerful Thinking/ZAP Concepts) gives and overview of trends for the season; with Craig Hardeman, Project Manager at Power Logistics, Shaun Pearce, Director of Pearce Hire and Andy Mead, Head of New Ventures at Instagrid, joining to share the new products and services that are helping cut carbon emissions in the world of temporary power.

Full programme & register HERE. Speaker bios HERE.

Session 5: The Future of Festival Sustainability

‘The Future of Festival Sustainability panel (16:05-16:45) explores a standardised UK-wide ‘Green Events Code’ for Sustainable Event Summit delegate feedback.

Chaired by Paul Reed, AIF CEO, who alongside Vision: 2025 has championed the Green Code since its inception; panel guests share what policies and frameworks are available and explore how the industry can move forward together - with Chris Johnson, Chair of Vision: 2025 and co-founder Shambala festival; Cathy Runciman, Executive Director of EarthPercent UK, the charity co-founded by Brian Eno to unleash the power of music in service of the planet and Helen Thackeray, Events Manager at Hull City Council & Chair of the Local Authority Event Organisers Group (LAEOG) 

Full programme & register HERE. Speaker bios HERE.

Sustainable Event Summit: Who's in the Room?

The Sustainable Events Summit brings together the people and organisations leading on sustainability in live outdoor events to shape climate action in the industry: From Vision: 2025 event members, to environmental consultants specialising in supporting events, to suppliers dedicated to helping organisers reduce impacts from the supply chain.

Find out who's in the room at the Sustainable Events Summit HERE 

Sustainable Event Summit: Meet our sponsors

We only work with companies and organistions who share a commitment to sustainability.  A huge thanks to all of our sponsors for making this event happen, and for what they are doing in the industry. 


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:

Tent Waste: The "perennial issue" of belongings being left behind at festivals and how to tackle it is discussed in Access All Areas: with AIF CEO Paul Reed, Shambala Festival co-founder Chris Johnson and Angus Clark from charity Herts for Refugees HERE

Event Buyers Live partners with sustainability experts; ISLA, ecolibrium and The Bulb, for 2022 event HERE

Ourea Events, trail running events organiser and Vision: 2025 member, published detailed annual sustainability report and becomes a carbon netural company HERE 

Why addressing festival waste is a top priorty: Article by Chris Johnson, Chair of Vision: 2025 in Standout Magazine HERE

Love International Festival, release ambitious sustainability pledge, partnering with EarthPercent and investing in climate solutions HERE

ADE Green, the pioneering conference on sustainability, innovation and social change within the music industry programme insights HERE

Join Julie's Bicycle for their annual event, We Make Tomorrow, 13th Oct, in Birminham or online, where poets, artists, musicians and writers come together to celebrate creative climate leadership HERE

Get your tickets for the AFO Conference, 4-5 Oct. This year's theme is Recover, Engage and Enrich with Attitude Is Everything HERE 

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