Now more than ever, it is vital that all of us in the industry comply with sustainable practices – both the events and mobile catering industries are notorious contributors to our planet’s ecological plight. Research led by Scientists at the Oxford Martin School found that cutting down meat consumption within accepted health guidelines would make a large dent in greenhouse gases. Adhering to said guidelines has the potential to cut global food-related emissions by almost one third by 2050, while widespread vegetarianism would reduce emissions by an astonishing 63%. Of course we are not advocating an unabridged reduction of meat consumption (just try and keep us away from The Rib Man or Low ‘n’ Slow) but increased options for vegetarians would be a step in the right direction, at the very least.
The Show Must Go On report, which was created in direct response to the Paris Climate Agreement by a not-for-profit industry working group made up of event organisers, infrastructure providers and event suppliers, found that there were substantial grounds for change in the field. The report, which was based on 279 UK Summer music festivals, found that the industry is responsible for approximately:
20 kilo tonnes of C02e annually (onsite emissions)
100 kilo tonnes of C02e annually including audience travel
23,500 tonnes of waste
5 million litres of diesel consumption
The report called on festival organisers and industry stakeholders to commit to taking physical action in the shape of signing up to the Festival Vision 2025. It’s a pledge to achieve a 50% reduction in annual festival-related GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions by 2025. You can find out more about it or sign up yourself at www.powerful-thinking.org.uk/vision2025.
With nearly 50 festivals already signed up to the pledge, along with numerous stakeholders and suppliers, it’s safe to say that the report is clearly already having an impact. And now it is our responsibility as an industry to widen participation, make good on those pledges and deliver a more sustainable festival industry in the UK.