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In this month's Vision: 2025 newsletter: 

  • Industry Green Leader Q&A with Jed Dowling, Festival Director at Pride Dublin
  • Vision: 2025 launch the 8th annual Outdoor Event Industry Green Survey
  • Powerful Thinking blog by Tim Benson on Greening Green Park for the Platinum Jubilee 
  • Julie's Bicycle at COP27: co-leading sessions for the 'Arts, Culture, Heritage and Antiquities' theme in the Resilience Hub
  • Join ecolibrium's Community Lunch & Learn Webinar to find out how the charity can help event's tackle travel emissions
  • New report launch 'From carbon footprints to cultural influence: Engaging live music audiences on travel choices' 
  • Supplier Feature: instagrid showcase portable power systems at Secret Garden Party 
  • Future Festival Tools: Green Festival Stories + register to test the self assessment tool
  • 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 #26: Jed Dowling, Festival Director at Dublin Pride

We spoke to Jed Dowling, Festival Director at Dublin Pride, to ask our 20 questions about his journey in event sustainability. Jed has been involved with Dublin Pride for 20 years and was appointed Director in 2015. From tackling travel emissions from diesel trucks at Pride and ditching his own car in favour of car-sharing to his belief in the power of protests to create change. Read about Jed's challenges and aspirations in terms of tackling the climate crisis HERE. 

In September, Kristine Barenholdt Bruun, Head of the Circular Lab at Roskilde Festival, took the Q&A, read her answers HERE.

Vision: 2025 Launch Annual Outdoor Event Industry Green Survey

The 8th annual Outdoor Event Industry Green Survey is now live, launched by the Vision: 2025 industry climate action group. The survey asks event organisers about environmental measures in place, challenges, and plans for the future, plus what resources are needed to make progress. It provides a vital picture of the sector’s practices, to chart progress and shapes support for event organisers.

In 2015 the first survey was launched and the information gathered contributed to the Show Must Go On report (2015) and the launch of Festival Vision: 2025 - a shared vision for a sustainable event industry. 

The survey will be open until the 16th December 2022 and takes 5 mins to complete. Event organisers please TAKE THE SURVEY

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Powerful Thinking Featured News


In his guest blog, Chair of Powerful Thinking, Tim Benson, shares how the collaboration between SMART Power, Power Logistics and the BBC Events Team on power provision for the Platinum Jubilee supported a saving of over £10,500.00 in fuel spend. 

Tim shares how the teams worked together to specify a power management system capable of dealing with the Jubilee's variable demand over a protracted period, whilst meeting the BBC’s sustainability aspirations. Learn how they dealt with periods of low energy demand efficiently and employed battery power to achieve the impressive reduction in fuel use, READ THE FULL BLOG

News: Julie's Bicycle joins forces with leading cultural voices to put culture at the heart of COP

Julie’s Bicycle and partners programme COP27 events to show the important role culture plays in resilience, community and justice. 

With the COP27 climate talks in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt drawing to a close we look back at the Julie’s Bicycle co-lead programme of sessions for the Resilience Hubs ‘Arts, Culture, Heritage and Antiquities’ theme at COP 27, alongside partners, Culture Heritage Network (CHN) and International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI). You can find out more about these sessions HERE and watch the session recordings on the Resilience Hub's YouTube channel HERE.

EVENT: Ecolibrium Community Lunch & Learn Online Webinar

ecolibrium are bringing together their community of festival and event organisers, and those interested in learning more about the charity, for a one-hour online lunch & learn, 12:30-13:30, Thursday 24th November.  

Learn more about ecolibrium's mission to move low-carbon travel into the heart of live events and their 2030 vision to see events united in environmental restoration.  Meet their climate and social impact partners, whose projects are supported by member’s donations. Find out how you can use ecolibrium’s free tools and resources to lower event travel emissions and positively influence the travel choices of live music audiences. Register HERE.

Report launch webinar: From carbon footprints to cultural influence

New report 'From carbon footprints to cultural influence: Engaging live music audiences on travel choices' will launch via webinar on Weds 30th November, at 10am GMT. 

Written by Adam Corner (Climate//Communication//Culture) , Briony Latter (CAST Centre) and Chiara Badiali (Julie's Bicycle), the report documents the impacts of audience travel and highlights how live events can build on their unique position to connect with audiences on the travel choices they make - not only at events and festivals, but more widely REGISTER HERE .

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The Future Festival Tools are a comprehensive toolkit for festivals which allow event professionals to assess where they are in their sustainability journey, be inspired by green festival stories from across Europe, learn how to deliver sustainability with our training course and how to inspire and teach others.

Event professionals can get involved by testing the self-assessment tools in a webinar session, Tuesday 22nd Nov, 9:30-11:00 GMT, which provides the opportunity to experience the resources first-hand with a guided practical run-through and to provide valuable feedback as part of their development. Find out more about the session and REGISTER.


Sustainable Supplier: Instagrid at Secret Garden Party

One of the UK’s favourite festivals, Secret Garden Party, returned in 2022, giving instagrid, one of Vision: 2025's Green Supplier Directory listed power providers, the opportunity to showcase the capabilities of its ONE max portable power systems through their build and the four-day festival.

instagrid’s power packs are compact, portable and powerful. They increase site efficiency by enabling professionals to use the power they require wherever it’s needed, without the need to run long cables or start site generators early in the build. The fact that they can be charged in just two and a half hours and do not produce any toxic fumes (zero local emissions) can help organisers reach their sustainability goals READ THE FULL CASE STUDY.

Future Festival Tools Green Festival Stories: NorthSide Festival, Denmark

The Future Festival Tools; a set of resources designed to empower event professionals with green certification, include a series of 'Green Festival Stories', case studies from across the EU focusing on how festivals have reduced their impacts in key areas which we'll be sharing in the Vision: 2025 newsletter. 

This month we spotlight NorthSide Festival in Denmark, a 3-day, 35,000 capacity event held in a city park. This case study highlights their sustainability journey with a focus on how they have tackled cutting impacts from food and drink; from switching to all-organic, carbon-footprinting meals, and ultimately switching to offering plant-based meals only: READ THE CASE STUDY HERE.

Blog: Sustainability is teamwork at Event Production show

The team behind the Event Production Show are focusing on cutting the event's environmental impacts for next years edition, at the ExCel Centre, London 1-2 March 2023.

In this blog they share news of their strategy and the partners who are helping them cut the event's carbon footprint, from venue ExCel London's commitment to carbon neutrality, the collaboration between event industry charity ecolibrium and You.Smart.Thing which is helping visitors reduce travel emissions and carbon balance unavoidable CO2, to how sustainability will feature in the programming. Read the blog 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:

Julie's Bicycle are recruiting for an an Environmental Sustainability Specialist to join their team for 2-3 days a week until April 2023 - Find out about the role

Event Buyers Live partners with sustainability experts; ISLA, ecolibrium and The Bulb, for 2022 session at the event 28-30th Nov HERE

COP27 latest updates at edie.net HERE

UK Festival Awards: A Greener Festival shortlist HERE 

Industry Green Events Code launches into next phase of development HERE

Sunbelt Rentals win Sustainable Suppliers award at The Showman's Show HERE  

Greta Thunburg talks activism, friendship and failing to be a 'normal' teenager with Elizabeth Day on the 'How to Fail Podcast' HERE 

Green Deal Pact signed by 23 EU festivals at ADE Green, in Access All Areas HERE

Native Events founder Megan Best on COP27: What if creativity and imagination are part of the answer? HERE

The Climate Book, created by Greta Thunberg, is published this month and available to order HERE

G20 reiterates commitment to delivering 1.5C limit, hints at strengthening national climate targets HERE

What Brazil’s new president means for the rainforest, in BBC news HERE

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