Monthly Archives: April 2010

BIG GREEN ADD NEW FESTIVAL COACH ROUTES

Big Green Coach have announced a number of new partnerhips with music festivals in the UK and Europe offering a low carbon solution to festival travel including Kendal Calling, Sonisphere and Global Gathering. Kendall Calling  in the Lake District combines contemporary music and art with traditional rural entertainment, Wakestock is Europe’s largest wakeboard music festival for the thrill-seeking music lover and Sonisphere will keep the metal fans happy. End of the Road Festival provides an intimate and friendly festival. Big Green Coach will also take you to the biggest dance festivals including the ever-popular Global Gathering, Creamfields and Glade Festival. For those wishing to go further afield for their festival fix, Big Green Coach are traveling to the fabulous Pinkpop in Holland and for more underground musical tastes – Dour Festival at the heart of Europe in Belgium. Especially for students is the unstoppable force that is Beach Break Live, having found a beautiful new home on the South Wales Coast.
Having already sold out their V festival ticket and coach travel packages, Big Green Coach is also offering a ‘40 for 40’ fares for direct services from London and Birmingham to the Glastonbury Festival  for existing ticket holders, with the coach trip priced at only £40. Manchester fares are £50 all with an exclusive drop off point close to the festival entrance. What’s more, if you are traveling from London your journey may be reduced by up to an hour with coaches picking up from Hatton’s Cross in West London and cutting out the central London traffic.
 
Coach travel is widely accepted as the most environmentally friendly way to get to a festival and Big Green Coach is making it even greener with their commitment to plant a tree for each full coach that goes to a festival.  In 2010, their unique transport offering was spotted by student travel company Outgoing and Big Green Coach has now become part of the Outgoing family who own Snowbombing, Beach Break Live and Summer Break to name but a few.
 

FESTIVAL HARVEST READY FOR GATHERING IN!

We are sooooo excited at the imminent launch of our new double album – Festival Harvest 2010, featuring the best of new talent in Britain in 2010. Whether it is the ethereal beauty of Faded Cadence, or the blues, folk – no, dammit – downright foot tapping country rock from Ellen & The Escapades, the Leeds band who are a firm favourite of Michael Eavis, or perhaps the psychedelic musings of the Moles , the bottled spring sunshine that is Brighton’s Morning Orchestra , or the strident rock and compelling, passionate tunes of Scott Raba & The Ace, or the weird and wonderful mix that is Cumbria finest, Hereldeduke (think Stevie Wonder meets Ian Brown), or the fabulous glorious pop from Goodbye Stereo from the Isle of Wight or the downright dirty take on London life from Lykez, this album is a breath of fresh air brought to you by some of Britain’s best festivals.

With recommendations from six fetsivals including T-in-the-Park, Glastonbury, Kendal Calling and the Isle of Wight we think we have a real winner.

The limited edition CD will be packaged in 100% card and will be available to download.

Watch this space for more news!

Czech Republic hosts greener festival May meet

INVITATION for A ROUND TABLE FOR GREENER FESTIVALS

On the 3rd May 2010, Brno (Czech Republic), 2pm,

Starý pivovar students club

 

A meeting of summer festivals promoters, environmental NGOs and eco-friendly companies to discuss topics of sustainable transport, waste and water management, local and organic food, eco-printing or renewable energy use.

 

The round table will serve as a platform to exchange experiences, make new contacts and initiate  co-operation between the  stakeholders present.

You can register at www.konopa.cz/index.php?dok=01290000000461,det 

For more info in English on the project visit www.sunnycampaign.net

This Project For Greener Festivals is supported by Partnership Foundation and International Visegrad Fund.

 

PROGRAM:

14:00    Prezence
14:30    Zahájení, úvodní slovo o projektu „Za zelenější festivaly“
             (Michal Ruman, o. s. Konopa)
14:50    Vzájemné představení, hlavní zájmy a očekávání
15:20   Příklady ze zahraničí, aneb co vše se dá dělat a jak
             (Michal Ruman, účastníci)
16:00   Přestávka
16:15   Domácí scéna – výměna zkušeností
17:00   Hlavní výzvy a možnosti je řešit    (práce ve skupinách)
17:45   Prezentace výstupů skupinové práce
18:15   Závěrečná slova
18:30   Občerstvení a prostor pro individuální jednání

The convention is organised by six environmental non-profit associations from Czech Republic (Konopa, Youth and Environment Europe, Eurosolar.cz), Slovakia (SOSNA) and Hungary (Nimfea, Green Action). It is a part of long-term campaign for sustainable life, Sunny campaign run by Youth and Environment Europe Federation since 2005.

We need your Great Big Green Ideas!

Last year’s Great Big Green Ideas had a massive response of ideas to make festivals greener – and can we say thank you again to our friends at T-in-the-Park, Glastonbury, the Big Issue and Virtual Festivals for making this happen. In fact it was so good we are going to run it again – with a two fantastic goodie bags up for grabs – each stuffed full with exclusive festival crew T-shirts, CDs, DVDs and other festival merorabilia.
 
Last year lots and lots of people thought long and hard about travel – this was the top topic – with rubbish and discarded waste not far beind. In particular a lot of you commented on the waste involved in producing plastic water bottles and the number just thrown away at festivals, with suggestions ranging from banning plastic bottle altogether to providing refillable pouches to more on-site water fountains. A lot of people also suggested souvenir beer mugs to cut down on discarded plastic beer glasses – something a number of Festivals including Latitude and the Cambridge Folk Festival are already doing – and the Amazing Cup Company now provides a service to festivals to provide reusable cups and glasses – and they can wash them too!! We hope these ideas spread to other events alongside deposits on beer glasses – which really does seem to be a great idea that cuts down on waste – and cigarette butt pouches to cut down on litter.
 
Other ideas included the simple proposal that people could label up unwanted items they are leaving behind – which anyone can then take – and that everyone should “take one piece of rubbish that’s not yours home.” That said, we would rather people didnt leave stuff behind at all. Other people pointed out that lots of energy is being produced at festivals and suggested using the heat or kinetic energy created – “how about a Glasto gym where the pedal power created on exercise bikes is used to create electricity”. Another unnamed entry said “Get people to jump up and down on trampolines that use the absorbed energy from the jumping to generate electricity for the stage – that way, the more excited the crowd is, the more the band can play.”  There are already bicycle powered discos – so things are moving forwards!
 
As said, travel was high on everyone’s agenda and our winner, Matt Sweeney suggested coach shuttle schemes running from larger cities and towns that are close and fairly close to festival sites, which of course usually have rail and coach links, directly to the festival site. We know a lot of festivals are now working hard to improve coach access and its great to see dedicated festival coach services like The Big Green Coach Company and new bus companies like The Big Lemon coach and bus services being set up to help fans get to festivals with a low carbon footprint – so things are getting done!
 
Other people had loads and loads of good ideas and many festivals are actively looking at these – better recycling is key- tree planting is another (A number of Australian and American fetsivals plant trees) – removing car parking from sites and replace with shuttles is another idea  – and Beach Break Live are doing this now. Getting solar panels on stage roofs was suggested and Glastonbury are going one better and Michael Eavis has plans to install solar panels on his Worthy Farm buildings. We loved luminous guy ropes in campsites – we liked a ban glossy programmes and replacing them with recycled paper programmes (or even digital programmes on mobiles) and who wouldn’t want to support recycling wellies and having clothing banks.
 
So now we need your GREAT BIG GREEN IDEAS for 2010. How do you think festivals can get greener? If you have an idea then please submit this (in less than 200 words please) to agreenerfestival@aol.com by midnight on Saturday May 15th 2010 – in the English language please. You can submit more than one idea but please make sure you do include your name and put the words ‘Great Big Green Idea’ in the subject box. The judges decision will be final and the winner and one runner up will win goodie bags. The best ideas will be published on this site in June and we will circulate the best ideas to all of the festivals participating in ourt Greener Festival Awards scheme 2010.
 
OK, finally, it looks like being a really excellent festival season this year – so a few quick tips for 2010: That old mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle” is as relevant as ever – if not more so – and please take tents and wellies HOME. Try and uses coaches and public transport wherever you can – and if that is impossible then at least try and share your car and – and most importantly, have lots of fun!
 
 

Uncertainty and lack of understanding greet official launch of CRC scheme

Edie.net reports that organisations and business do not ‘understand’ and are ‘unprepared’ for the launch of Britain’s carbon trading scheme. The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy (CRC) Efficiency Scheme is a huge rating system, or league table, offering benefits to low carbon businesses and hitting high emitters with more costs. However, corporate responsibility consultants Acona believe ‘numerous revisions’ early in the scheme’s life have created ‘confusion’ amongst businesses, while information from the bodies responsible for it, originally the Department of Energy and Climate Change and now the Environment Agency, has been slow to filter out. Acona say that few companies seem to have people in place who really understand how the scheme works and that “Despite it being billed as a light touch piece of legislation, the logistics of making it work are quite complex. However, Head of climate change and sustainable development at the Environment Agency, Tony Grayling, said: “The league table is a very public judgement on how seriously you take your environmental responsibilities adding “Carbon reduction doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive, there are simple and inexpensive steps every organisation can take to cut their energy consumption – from motion sensors for lighting in offices to higher efficiency motors in manufacturing.” Mr Grayling added that analysis for the Environment Agency suggests the scheme could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 11.6M tonnes per year by 2020 and that it is also expected to save organisations money through reduced energy bills – benefiting the economy by at least £1billion by 2020. More than 20,000 organisations will have to register with the Environment Agency by the end of September this year. Around 5,000 of these organisations – those that used at least 6,000 Megawatt hours (MWh) of half hourly metered electricity in 2008 – will have to report their emissions and, from 2011, buy allowances for every tonne of CO2 they emit. During the introductory phase in 2011 and 2012, allowances will be sold at a fixed price of £12 per tonne of CO2.

It seems that local authorities that have chosen to measure their emissions using a tool provided by Defra feel better equipped to deal with the Carbon Reduction Commitment. Defra’s National Indicator 185 helps councils to measure the progress in reducing CO2 emissions from buildings and transport and aims to encourage them to demonstrate leadership on tackling climate change. A survey carried out by energy giant EDF suggests that while many officers saw the indicator as another painful piece of paperwork, they grudgingly accept that it has made life easier when it comes to tackling the CRC.  

http://www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?src=nl&id=17885   

http://www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?src=nl&id=17896