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WELCOME TO THE May Vision: 2025 News Bulletin

In this month's newsletter: 

  • Green Leader Q&A with Rob Van Wegen, Sustainability Coordinator for Eurosonic Noorderslag 
  • Powerful Thinking blog with Tim Benson exploring portable battery solutions for low wattage applications
  • A 'How to' guide to measuring event emissions by Chris Johnson, Chair of Vision: 2025
  • A host of new resources go live: from ecolibrium, Music Declares Emergency, Julie's Bicycle and Event Industry News
  • The Future Festival Tools, free event sustainability training tools, get set to launch at ADE Green
  • Green supplier case studies with Ronald Britton's Bioglitter and IDE Systems
  • 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 #22: Rob Van Wegen, Sustainability Coordinator, Eurosonic Nooderslag

Rob Van Wegen is Sustainability Coordinator for Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS), a non-profit, European artist only, 100% showcase festival and music conference, and part of the Green Deal Circular Festivals. Rob believes in the potential for events to serve as a testing ground for innovative approaches to sustainability, an idea which he puts into practice through his work with Innofest and the DORP project.

In this Q&A he shares his inspiration, the highlights of his career and plans for the future: including the forthcoming launch of project to help other festivals map out their sustainability ambitions: HERE

In April Jo Blick, Freelance event waste reduction specialist, took the Q&A, read her answers HERE

Powerful Thinking Featured News


Tim Benson, Chair of Powerful Thinking, gives us the low down on portable battery solutions for low wattage applications; perfect solutoins for awkward locations on green field event sites where you might need to power satellite cabins, wifi masts or even hot water urns for volunteers.

Tim suggests energy efficient alternatives to over-specced construction site generators and shares the six key things to keep in mind when choosing your product. Read the blog HERE. 

BONUS POWER PODCAST: Hear Tim Benson in conversation with the Sounds Like a Plan podcast team talking people-powered stages, power advancing and all things energy at events HERE. 

Blog: Measuring event impacts made simple (and free)

Could measuring the carbon footprint of your festival or event be as simple as a few conversations, collecting some information, and putting it into a free online tool? Yes!

In this guest blog, Chris Johnson, Chair of Vision: 2025, shares his 'how to' guide to measuring event emissions including why it's so important to start, a breakdown of what to include and free downloadable template. Read it HERE.

Last month we answered FAQs on Net Zero Strategy for Events HERE.

Resource: Ecolibrium Launch Sustainable Travel Guide for Artists and the Music Industry

ecolibrium launch their latest resource, the Sustainable Travel Guide for Artists and the Music Industry, providing up-to-date information, best practice tips and inspiration to empower the live music industry to understand and take action on its greatest carbon impact: travel. 

Co-authored by Vision: 2025 steering group members the guide builds on information from previous publications by Vision: 2025 and Julie’s Bicycle and includes input from the team at Music Declares Emergency. Download the guide HERE. 

Future Festival Tools to launch at ADE Green, 2022

The Future Festival Tools, a set of free-to-access training products for events professionals to improve environmental impacts, will be launched at ADE Green, Amsterdam, October 2022. Watch the teaser video HERE.

The resources include a self assessment tool to understand current environmental performance, a best-practice guide offering stories of sustainability in events across Europe, a certificated eLearning course to upskill on how to improve environmental impacts, and a trainers' handbook for vocational education. Seven organisations are working together to create this world-leading set of tools including Green Events Netherlands, Julie's Bicycle, Le LABA, Christopher Johnson, Green Music Initiative, GO Group, The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) and EUEI.

Be the first to try the Future Festival Tools and share your feedback by joining the pre-launch test phase. Sign up HERE.


Julie’s Bicycle has launched the Creative Climate Justice Hub. A living library of arts and culture focused resources, case studies and information on climate justice - an issue where people with the least culpability for the climate and environment crises are experiencing the most devastating impacts. The Creative Climate Justice Hub is free and accessible HERE.

Music Declares Emergency's Music Industry Climate Pack

As part of the 'Turn up the Volume' campaign for Earth Day, April 22 2022, Music Declares Emergency launched the Music Industry Climate Pack; an accessible guide to greening the music industry - for businesses, artists and fans. Written by experts from Julie's Bicycle, Sony Music Publishing, ecolibrium, A Greener Festival and more. Dowload the pack HERE.

Event Industry News Launch Sustainable Event Buyers Guide 2022

Event Industry News launch the third edition of the Sustainable Events Buyer’s Guide with input on sustainable solutions and for events from across the industry – from venues to suppliers – including editorial by Too Good To Go, Event Cycle, Levy, ecolibrium, Event Decision, ISLA, Greener Festival and Toast. Download it HERE.

EventBehaviour Change Theory for Events Workshop at Sustainable Sidekicks

Are you an event manager? Would you like to deliver more sustainable events and understand how to bring your audiences on the journey with you? 

Join Livvy Drake, Sustainability & Behaviour Change Consultant at Sustainable Sidekicks, for a Behaviour Change Theory for Events workshop, Wednesday 25th May 4-5.30 pm (GMT).  Get a 20% discount using the code VISION20. Sign up HERE.  


IDE Systems: New Products for the Low Carbon AGENDA

Temporary power distribution is a vital component of any power network, and it has a major part to play in moving towards a lower carbon future. IDE are committed to creating a world class temporary power distribution company by investing in new technology, new operational services, in-house expertise and long-term relationships with clients that allow them to deliver optimised temporary power solutions. 

IDE has spent the last 3 years developing the 'Erica' product line to deliver reduced energy usage on site, and a range of EV chargers to encourage the move to zero carbon transport. Find out more HERE.  


Bioglitter™ HOLO launched with a new logo to identify biodegradable glitter

Ecologically-friendly glitter manufacturer, Ronald Britton Ltd, launch new TÜV Certified Fresh Water Biodegradable Holographic Bioglitter™ - a certified freshwater-biodegradable holographic effect glitter product. 

The new logo makes it straightforward to authenticate their products, helping festival organisers and festival-goers be sure they are using sustainable products. Find out more 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:

Music fans care more about climate change and want the music industry to do extra on the issue, reveals study by Glasgow University HERE

The world's largest solar carport opens at Lowland Festval in the Netherlands HERE

World's first bioplastic vinyl record unveiled by Evolution Music HERE

Billie Eilish announces climate-focused event ‘Overheated’ in June at London's O2 HERE

The Barbican share insights on regenerative design and local futures at Walthamstow Garden Party after joining Julie's Bicycle's Accelerator progamme HERE

Isla launch the TRACE platform to help event organisers measure and minimise carbon at live, hybrid and digital events HERE

Powerful Thinking's Tim Benson in conversation with the Sounds Like a Plan podcast team talking all things power at events HERE.

Climate of Change Podcast with Cate Blanchett and Danny Kennedy HERE 

Julie's Bicycle food briefing is live: Read Food Culture: the impact of what we consume HERE.  

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