With some travel restrictions easing this summer, outdoor events from music festivals to celebrations of regional food (respecting the local Covid-19 regulations) are back on the agenda. Event organisers are increasingly aware of the carbon impact large gatherings can have, and more and more green initiatives are being incorporated into events taking place across Europe. If you’re looking to enjoy a sustainable summer event this year, here are a few things to look out for to make your experience greener.
1) Transport and accommodation
Check whether the event location links up with public transport. Travelling by bus or train instead of taking the car is one of the most impactful ways to reduce your carbon footprint when you attend an event.
If you are staying in the local area, see whether your accommodation’s website has any green certificates or operates in a sustainable way. Does it mention any eco-schemes like reducing the amount of energy and water they use? Plan how to get from the event to your accommodation by foot, bike or public transport.
2) Food and drink
Delve into the event website to explore the range of food and drink available at the venue. Look out for vegetarian or vegan options, or see if any of the caterers provide locally-sourced, organic produce. Perhaps the event also is committing to serving tap water so you can easily fill up your reusable water bottle?
It is also important to make sure you generate as little food waste as possible while at the event, and try to make use of any food waste bins so that leftovers can be composted.
Rubbish left behind after an event is not only eyesore, it can have a serious ecological impact on the local area. Greener events will encourage you to minimize your litter, and recycle your waste correctly, for example by using plastic waste bins. One way you can do this is by using cutlery, water bottles and reusable straws from home and cut out single-use plastic items.
Events need electricity to run lights, sound systems and catering facilities, but how are they powered? Look out for events that try to use as little energy as possible, or maybe consider an event that is powered using renewable energy.
5) Giving back
Going green is not just about cutting carbon emissions, it’s also about considering our impact on local communities and ecosystems. Organisers can help by supporting local social and green projects through a donation of part of the entrance fee, or by encouraging festival-goers to donate to or help out with a local scheme that benefit both people and nature.
If you’ve been inspired to try some of these tips, why not make them part of a pledge and join the European Climate Pact? It’s by pledging to make small changes such as these that together we’ll reach our goal of a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.
Enjoy summer events, stick to local Covid-19 rules and relax knowing you have made your experiences as sustainable as possible.
- Publication date
- 19 August 2021