How does it work?
Energy Revolution encourages festival organisers, audiences, suppliers and artists to calculate and understand the impacts of their travel to and from festivals. They provide information to raise awareness of the environmental impact of travel at events, and how this can be reduced or avoided.
From recording audience travel impacts by type to encouraging festival goers out of cars and onto coaches the Energy Revolution team work with their members to promote sustainable travel via their website and regular email updates.
And, if you’re attending a festival in the UK either as an artist, supplier or festival-goer, you can use their Travel Carbon Calculator to find out the estimated carbon emissions for your journey. You can then choose to make a donation to balance unavoidable emissions with investment in projects that generate clean renewable energy. Genius!
Energy Revolution now works with over 35 UK festivals, as well as suppliers and artists. Together they have balanced over 5 million fossil-fuel miles with investment in renewable energy projects to date and aim to balance 10 million miles by 2020.
We spoke to Bethan Riach who works on communications for the project. She says “It is really exciting to have joined the Energy Revolution team to help transform approaches to travel in the festival industry. It’s an great industry to work in - festivals have huge scope to motivate people and change behaviour – new ideas can spread quickly at events and new solutions to problems can be trialled and refined before being used in different environments.”