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Comment by Ruth Atkinson on May 27, 2013 at 20:24

Sunrise Festival will be the first UK festival to run a renewable energy smart grid, Postive News report on how it all works - http://positivenews.org.uk/2013/environment/renewable_energy/12418/...

Comment by Ruth Atkinson on May 14, 2013 at 17:34

I am no noise boy so I have no idea how well this works, here is an off-grid sound system design from an article in Permaculture Magazine - http://www.permaculture.co.uk/readers-solutions/build-your-own-sola...

Comment by Ruth Atkinson on May 9, 2013 at 17:12

Not sure if this is a good solution to Festival waste or not, it's certainly an inventive attempt to reduce litter problems at large festivals - http://inhabitat.com/glad-trash-bag-tent-could-solve-the-waste-prob...

Comment by Ruth Atkinson on February 8, 2013 at 11:27

Are Bestival's organisers right to worry that Britain's wetter summers might put paid to it's burgeoning festival calendar? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-21260283

Comment by Tim Atkinson on January 25, 2013 at 10:28

Green Festival Alliance to talk power savings and efficiencies at Event Production Show

Following on from the successful launch of the Green Festival Alliance’s practical guide to sustainable power at outdoor events, they will be hosting a seminar at the forthcoming Event Production Show entitled ‘Innovations in Power: Reducing Costs and Carbon’.

Alongside presentations from four industry experts, the seminar will also include a comprehensive overview of the guide, which was published in December 2012 and was designed to bring together the Powerful Thinking Campaign research initiative, which monitored generators at eight festivals last summer, and extensive feedback from power suppliers and festivals about the way they manage their power.

The key findings of the research, carried out in partnership with De Montfort University and Julie’s Bicycle, were:

  • The industry could achieve a 10% reduction in fuel consumption, saving over 1 million litres of diesel, and over 3000 tonnes of carbon annually;
  • There are opportunities to make fuel savings if festivals and power suppliers can work more closely;
  • Renewable and hybrid solutions have the potential to offer cost and carbon savings in many situations.

Chris Johnson, Chair, Green Festival Alliance said: “This guide is a response to requests from festival organisers for information and resources about how to manage power more efficiently. The industry is on the brink of a huge shift toward a more sustainable approach - it's taking place now, with solutions emerging on the market by the month. It’s not a magic bullet, but there should be something in here for everyone, and crucially, it starts an industry-wide conversation that can help to move things forward.

“Having the opportunity to talk about the guide and bring a panel of industry experts together at the Event Production Show is the perfect way to begin that process.”

This seminar, which will be held from 11am to 12pm on Wednesday 6th February, promises to be both interactive and informative with four, Japanese style, ‘Pecha Kucha’ presentations (20 slides for 20 seconds) about the very latest innovations and trends in temporary festival power. There will be a panel discussion moderated by a representative from Julie’s Bicycle and a Q&A session with industry experts.

Delivering the ‘Pecha Kucha’ presentations will be Chris Johnson, Green Festival Alliance; Bill Eagan, Agrekko; Richard Randle, Firefly; David Noble, Midas UK and Laura Pando, Festival Republic. The panel will discuss efficiencies and renewable technologies; solar and hybrid power revolution; biofuel as an alternative to diesel; what festival organisers can do and where there are savings to be made, if any.

The seminar forms part of a programme of industry panel debates at this year’s Event Production Show.

Comment by Tim Atkinson on January 16, 2013 at 16:43

businessGreen - Latitude and Reading festivals pitch a greener lineup - Promoter Festival Republic says events have cut emissions by at least 15% in one year.

Read the full article here...

Comment by Ruth Atkinson on September 23, 2012 at 15:07

"Check out SRA's online course for mobile catering businesseshttp://www.thesra.org/what-we-offer/sustainability-training/


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