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WELCOME TO THE June Vision: 2025 News Bulletin

In this month's newsletter: 

  • Green Leader Q&A with Zak Avery, Assistant Director, Medicine Festival
  • Guest Blog on Green Hydrogen for Outdoor Events with PlusZero
  • Festival Republic and Music Declares Emergency partner to bring renewable grid energy to UK outdoor events
  • New tool 'The Networked Condition' designed to help understand the carbon footprint of livestreamed events
  • Green supplier profile on Sunbelt Rentals' clean energy solutions 
  • UK Music survey on workforce diversity 
  • New resource 'More than Music' report by betternotstop 
  • 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 #23: Zak Avery, Assistant Director, Medicine Festival

Zak Avery is an event producer, community builder, menswork facilitator and nature-based practitioner. His work has largely focused on sustainable fashion and community oriented events.  Zak runs a co-created men's rites of passage pilgrimage called The Menspedition and is the Assistant Director of Medicine Festival, a not-for-profit, alcohol-free gathering to inspire authentic connection and regeneration for people and planet. Zak's passion lies in interweaving communities, bridging cultures and inspiring a deeper understanding of how to tread lightly and live harmoniously on our planet. Read his answers to our monthly Industry Green Leaders Q&A HERE.

In May, Rob Van Wegan, Sustainability Coordinator for Eurosonic took the Q&A HERE.

Guest Blog: PlusZero on Powering UK Outdoor Events with Green Hydrogen

This month Green Hydrogen producer and distributor, PlusZero, have hit the headlines with their plans to power Scotland’s HebCelt Festival at Stornoway, July 13th-16th, using Green Hydrogen that they produce locally on the Scottish Western Isles. Vision: 2025 asked PlusZero’s Director of Story, Mark Irving, to tell us more about the growing market for their clean, portable power offer, the challenges and benefits of using Green Hydrogen and how it works in practice at outdoor events. Read the blog HERE.

Last month Chris Johnson, Chair of Vision: 2025 shared his 'how to' guide to measuring event emissions HERE.


Vision: 2025 presents an action-focused conference format for the outdoor events industry with the Sustainable Events Summit 2022 at The Showman’s Show, Newbury Showground, Wednesday 19 October.

Presenting the latest research tools and knowledge to bring event organisers, suppliers, local authorities and experts together, the summit will drive collaborative resource development, industry standards, best practice and innovation that will inspire and shape the industry response to the climate emergency at UK events.

The Sustainable Events Summit is free to attend: Save the Date + Register your interest in attending HERE.

All attendees must also register for the Showman’s Show (also free) HERE.

Photo credit: Green Supplier Award Judges and Winner at The Vision: 2025 event at The Showmans Show 2021

Blog: Green Deals Circular Festivals Update

In 2019, twenty festivals joined Green Deal 'Circular Festivals' (GDCF) and pledged to work together towards true circularity by 2025: redesigning processes and supply chains to develop circular solutions in multiple areas, including food & drink, water, energy, transport, mobility, material use, and plastic use.

This article by Ted Van Hoff for Circular Festivals gives an update on the GDCF and the progress of individual events, including Roskilde (Denmark), Shambala (UK) and We Love Green (France) HERE.


Festival Republic have announced they are to fund a new research project within Music Declares Emergency aiming to drive grid connections to UK festivals and begin the transition of the UK outdoor live sector to grid power. Such a transition will ultimately reduce carbon emissions for the sector in relation to temporary power generation. Find out more HERE.


Sunbelt Rentals: Investing in a LOW CARBON AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Sunbelt Rentals is working to reduce environmental impacts through investment in an eco-friendly equipment range. From welfare facilities and electric plant to Stage V generators, clean energy solutions and solar lighting towers, they can provide a tailored solution to help meet clients sustainability and environmental goals.

Over the past two years Sunbelt has invested over £100 million in equipment and solutions that will reduce the users carbon emissions. Sunbelt Rentals now offers the UK’s largest fleet of clean energy solutions, proven to reduce carbon emission and fuel consumption by an average of 50-80%. Plus a wide range of solutions designed to reduce and monitor environmental impacts.

Read their profile with full detail of products and services, environmental policy and accreditations on the Vision: 2025 Green Supplier List HERE. 

The Networked condition: Measure the impact of Digital Events & Productions

The Networked Condition is a new tool designed to help understand the carbon footprint of livestreamed events, digital artworks or digital events.

The project is a collaboration between Fast Familiar, Abandon Normal Devices and Arts Catalyst, and part of Julie’s Bicycle Accelerator Programme. Start evaluating or planning for your digital activites' carbon footprint HERE

UK Music launch Workforce Diversity Survey

UK Music has launched its Workforce Diversity Survey, which tracks progress to boost diversity and inclusion in the UK’s music industry.  This survey focuses on those who work behind the scenes in the industry, rather than those who are on stage.

The survey takes place every two years and UK Music will publish the results of the survey later this year as part of a report. Take part HERE.

Resource: More than Music Report by Better not stop

betternotstop surveyed 100 music festivals to investigating their publicly available impact policies to gathered data and conclusions on topics including campsites, litter, food and drinks, energy, and social impact. All their findings are in the new More Than Music report. Find it on the Vision: 2025 Resource Hub 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:

Future Festival Tools: Sign up to try the Future Festival Tools - a set of free-to-access training products for events professionals to improve environmental impacts, and share your feedback by joining the pre-launch test phase HERE

Music Declares Emergency launch their summer festival t-shirt collection: all purchases help MDE's mission to harness the power of music to speak up and out on the climate and ecological emergency HERE  

A round up of A Greener Festival's Greener Events and Innovations Conference which celebrated its 14th Edition in London on 29th April 2022 HERE

Are digital events green? Blog exploring the environmental impacts of digital alternatives to live events by Christopher Pleydell HERE

Institute for Sustainable events (ISE) provide a roundup of events sustainability organisations, programmes and certifications from) HERE

AEG's Darcey Jackson shares All Points East's sustainability plans for 2022 with The Showman's Show: HERE 

New project to provide industry resource to positively influence travel choices of live music audiences: with Adam Corner (Climate//Communication//Culture), Briony Latter (CAST/Tyndall Centre) and Chiara Badiali (Julie’s Bicycle) HERE

'Can cultural events catalyse engagement with climate change?' Case studies and evaluation by the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation HERE

OVERHEATED, event at the O2 led by Billie Eilish brings diverse music industry voices together for climate action, read a review by Environmental Consultant, Chris Johnson HERE. 

Send jobs, events, resources and articles to feature here to: info@vision2025.org.uk