Monthly Archives: December 2012

2013 – is it looking any better?

2013It’s worth remembering that as 2013 ends, two members of punk group Pussy Riot remain in custody in Russian gulags for their protest against Vladimir Putin.    Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will mark the new year in a prison camp in Mordovia, 360 miles south East of Moscow. Maria Alyokhina will be in Perm, 750 miles further east, in solitary confinement.  Both have young children, Nadezhda has a four year old daughter Gera, and Maria a five year old son Philip.

Will 2013 be the year of the hand me down? Maria Saltzman, the well known US trend spotter, says that we will shift away from visible consumerism, use car pools, downsize, look at smaller more energy efficient (and cheaper) houses, and start to adopt thrift – with even The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embracing the “new frugality” by using hand me downs for the new royal baby. “Reduce, re-use , recycle” anyone!

Maybe 2013 will be the year when we finally wake up to the huge damage the global food giants are doing. with over one third of UK primary school leavers classified as obese and an ever fattening adult population, the food industry has become adept at manipulating the political agenda – did you know Coca-Cola and Nestle both have seats on the global food policy board at the World Health Organisation. And in the UK the food industry primarily ‘self regulates’ – and we get fatter and fatter – and more and more unhealthy.

More of the same – the Guardian has revealed that 23 employees of energy companies are currently working within the Department of Energy and Climate Change – and taxpayers are actually paying for staff from Centrica, ESB (Ireland’s biggest energy provider) and National Grid. Staff from Shell and npower owner RWE are not charged back. DECC say the secondees bring in vital expertise and knowledge – and have to ‘self police’ themselves in any conflict of interests.

Electric car sales are expected to  double in the UK in 2013 as prices start to fall as cheaper  models are introduced – and the number of charging points start to increase. That said, sales are expected to increase fro just 3,000 to 6,000.  The number of charging points in London will increase from 900 to 1,300.

2012 was officially the wettest on record in England, dramatically reversing the drought that the UK was facing when 2011 ended. 2013 will be blown in with 70mph winds and more rain according to the Met Office, with flooding once again predicted as rain falls on saturated ground.

UK Rail fares will go up 4.2% on average on Wednesday 2nd January. Some unregulated fares will go up by as much as 12%. Rail users point out that there has been no like improvement in services.

A new study, Understanding Society, says that single men in the UK are the worst at recycling – with only 65% recycling  compared to 79% for mixed-sex couples. The panel survey of more than 5,000 households showed that women are more committed recyclers than men, and more willing to spend time on recycling.

In a move reminiscent of the odious Donald Trump’s controversial Scottish golf course, campaigners are alerting the world to moves to build a £100 million gold course beside the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland –  a UNESCO World Heritage site. The National Trust is spearheading the challenge to protect the 39,000 hexagonal basalt stones which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The Sam Simon (named after the animal activist co-creator of the Simpsons ) is the latest addition to Greenpeace’s fleet of ships. The Sam Simon will be deployed in the Antarctic Ocean as part of ‘Operation Zero Tolerance‘ against the Japanese whaling fleet – ironic as the boat was originally an ‘ocean research vessel’  and part of that whaling  fleet. Four ships will be deployed against the whalers in 2013.

And if you wanted a review of 2012, TreeHugger have posted a handy blog on their ’10 Environmental Victories in 2012′ here They also have 15 amazing animal photos from 2012 – starting with a rare white humpbacked whale and with bears, Manatees, monkeys, snakes, birds, insects and lions – and even a lobster – all here

The UK’s bird population has declined 13.7% since 1977.

Life expectancy for humans has risen 10 years over the last decade, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

France enters 2013 with a £300 million budget disaster at the Philharmonie de Paris. The costs for the  new aluminium encased classical concert venue, designed by Jean Nouvel,  are spiralling out of control with state auditors pointing to a ‘exorbitant inflation in costs’.  A senate committee warned of a ‘worrying drift’ in the budget. The project is being funded by the state and the city of Paris.

Emile Sande will end the year with the No 1 album in the UK with Our Version of Events.  X-Factor winner James Arthur tops the singles chart with Impossible. Adele’s album 21 has sold 4.562 million copies in the UK and despite being released in 2011 was the second biggest seller in 2012. She won six Grammy awards. Korean pop star Psy’s Gangnam Style has been seen by more than 1.083 billion people on You Tube, the most watched You Tube video of all time.


ANOTHER PLANET? reports that the London 2012 Olympic Games has achieved carbon emissions savings of around 400,000 tons, despite larger than expected spectator-related emissions, according to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic games (LOCOG). Publishing its post-games sustainability report today, LOCOG said the popular success of the London games, which included 1.5m people lining the route of the Olympic Torch relay and full venues throughout the games, led to an increased ‘actual’ overall carbon footprint.  Spectator numbers substantially exceeded expectations leading to an increased footprint for spectators from 670,000 tons of CO2 emissions to an ‘actual’ footprint of 913,000 tons of CO2 emissions.  The increase was mainly due to the impact of travel, but also included revised estimates for accommodation, catering, merchandise and waste. On the construction side, the games was able to avoid 15% less carbon emissions than originally projected, while the operational side recorded a 28% drop from the original estimate. Other achievements included 100% waste diverted from landfill, with 99% of total waste being re-used or recycled. Final revised total emissions were 3.4m tons of CO2.

The UK’s first solar-powered business park has generated 730,000kWh in its first 12 months, preventing 400 tonnes of CO2 from being released in to the atmosphere. Since the installation of 3,000 ground solar panels last year, Oxfordshire-based Howbery Business Park, which counts the Environment Agency among its tenants, powered 34% of its park with solar energy from April to September 2012, beating its initial forecast of 25%.  It has also fed more than 116,000 kWh to the National Grid to date.

call-for-entriesThe Resource Revolution Awards will recognise and champion those reinventing the concept of waste and revolutionising the way industry thinks and deals with it. This high-profile gala event in Central London will incorporate a panel discussion, bringing together the entire revolution in one event. The Closing date for entries is 15th February 2013. Visit to enter.

The unspeakably unpleasant Donald Trump is facing investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after Scottish Greens have lodged a complaint over adverts place db Trump in two newspapers linking windfarms with the release of the Lockerbie bomber.  The tycoon who is fightingthe proposed construction of a windfarm near his golf course on the Aberdeenshire coast, placed full page adverts in two leading Scottish newspapers last week – the Courier and the Press and Journal. The adverts feature a photograph of First Minister Alex Salmond and a Californian wind farm, and state that “tourism will suffer” as well as linking this claim to the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber.

And Scottish Water is planning to construct a 54MW wind farm on its land at the Backwater Reservoir in Angus, Scotland as it attempts to become self-sufficient in its energy use.

Jeffrey Kaffee, the retired airline pilot who, two years ago, became the first Chevrolet Volt owner in the world, has put 12,000 miles on his Volt, nut he has only burned 26.1 gallons of gasoline! That’s an average of about 1.08 gallon per month. Or put another way, that’s 459 miles per gallon of gasoline (though of course that’s not counting the electricity that he used). Pretty impressive!

The European Commission has awarded a consortium of stakeholders €13.3m to integrate renewable energy generation into the electrical grid. eStorage, a consortium of major European stakeholders from the electric power value chain, will aim to develop solutions for the widespread deployment of GWh-scale energy storage across the EU and to enhance grid management systems to allow the integration of a large share of renewable energies.

One of the largest developers in China, the China Pacific Construction Group, is planning to spend around 22 billion yuans (3.5 billion dollars) to flatten 700 mountains in the Lanzhou area, to allow the construction of a new giant city over an area of 130,000 hectares about 50 miles from the current city.

Heineken is set to recycle all of its remaining brown bottles as it looks to become the ‘greenest’ brewer in the world (probably).

The scientific community must take a more decisive lead in the debate on energy policy, according to the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). Research funded by the UKERC indicates that news coverage of renewables and related energy issues is creating uncertainty and confusion.  The research was put together by social scientists and experts from the Glasgow University Media Group and Chatham House. However in better news, The UK Government nnounced a revised support package for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry today following discussions with industry associations.

The water industry has expressed its concerns over the Government’s announcement that fracking for shale gas will resume in the UK. Potential pollution of groundwater and the heavy water intensity of hydraulic fracturing are the main concerns being aired by water organisations.

Large firms are increasingly adopting and scaling up sustainability innovations and reaping substantial rewards in the process, new research has found. A study from WWF-UK shows that such innovations are often driven by smaller, disruptive business models creating new markets and altering existing ones.

The progress of carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been disappointing but is a crucial technology and still has potential in the UK, according to Carbon Trust chair James Smith. Smith pointed to a report that CCS could cut the annual costs of meeting British carbon targets by up to 1% of GDP, or around £42bn per year, by 2050.

EU Environment Ministers have set out key actions to improve governance of those involved in managing water resources. Underlining the need for better implementation of the current water legislation, the minister’s conclusions will aim to improve land use, address water pollution, and increase water efficiency and resilience. As a first response to the Commission’s report, A blueprint to safeguard Europe’s water resources, the conclusions will also look at the integration of water policy objectives into other policy areas, such as the Common Agriculture Policy, the Cohesion Policy, renewable energy, and transport. And the EC has said that research funding worth €40m (£32.5m) will be made available in 2013 to support the development and uptake of innovative solutions to water challenges in Europe.

Green Events and Innovations: first panellists confirmed, and AFO discount announced

GreenEventsLogo2013With the theme of “saving by reducing”, confirmed panels at the 2013 Green Events & Innovations conference include two presentations on food waste and camp site waste, a panel on managing waste, the power providers panel and a panel on managing the impact of extreme weather on events. There will also be workshops on the Greener Festival Awards scheme and on the Bucks  University new audience research of nearly 2,300 festival fans on green issues, and keynotes to be announced shortly.

Confirmed panellists and speakers include Chris Johnson (Shambala Festival), Claire O’Neill (A Greener Festival/AIF), Andy Willcott (Critical Waste),  Jacqui Reeves (Fareshare South West), Clive Phillips (Green Box Events), Holger Jan Schmidt (Green Events Europe), Ed Cook,  Rick Storey (Love Your Tent/Isle of Wight), Teresa Moore (Bucks New University) and Ben Challis (A Greener Festival/Glastonbury Festival).

Registration for £75 per delegate (including lunch) here and we are delighted to offer the discount rate of £50 per delegate to Association of Festival Organiser (AFO) members. The discount rate also applies to Yourope members, ILMC Delegates, AIF members and students. All day long attendees receive certification from Bucks New University.

Green Events and Innovations   7th March 2013 at the ILMC, Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London, W8, 4PL, 10.00 – 18.00.

Sponsored by

European Festival Awards


The 4th edition of the European Festival Awards has seen a record-breaking turn-out of festival-fans rallying to support their favourite events and artists. More than a million public votes have been cast across 49 European countries, highlighting the phenomenal passion for music festivals throughout the Continent.

The final shortlists in categories ranging from Best Major Festival to Anthem Of The Year can now be revealed. The winners will be announced and presented with their accolades at the European Festival Awards gala ceremony which crowns the opening night of the Eurosonic Noorderslag conference and showcase in Groningen, Holland on Wednesday 9th January 2013. The Live Nation Belgium CEO and founder of Rock Werchter Herman Schueremans is to be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The event features a 3 course gourmet dinner, drinks reception and after show party and is a unique opportunity to celebrate with the leaders of Europe’s festival industry – and is hosted by our very own Ben Challis!

And the shortlists are…


  • 1. EXIT Festival (Serbia)
  • 2. Heineken Open’er Festival (Poland)
  • 3. Hurricane & Southside (Germany)
  • 4. Optimus Alive (Portugal)
  • 5. Rock Werchter (Belgium)
  • 6. Roskilde Festival (Denmark)
  • 7. Sziget (Hungary)
  • 8. Tomorrowland (Belgium)
  • 9. Wacken Open Air (Germany)
  • 10. Woodstock Festival (Poland)


  • 1. Area4 Festival (Germany)
  • 2. Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival (Ireland)
  • 3. Heineken Balaton Sound (Hungary)
  • 4. Lokerse Feesten (Belgium)
  • 5. Melt! Festival (Germany)
  • 6. OFF Festival (Poland)
  • 7. Pohoda Festival (Slovakia)
  • 8. Rock-A-Field (Luxembourg)
  • 9. Smukfest (Denmark)
  • 10. Ursynalia – Warsaw Student Festival (Poland)


  • 1. Absolutely Free Festival (Belgium)
  • 2. Appletree Garden (Germany)
  • 3. Bialystok Pozytywne Wibracje Festival (Poland)
  • 4. Grape Festival (Slovakia)
  • 5. Mini-Rock-Festival (Germany)
  • 6. Plai (Romania)
  • 7. Tauron New Music Festival (Poland)
  • 8. Vestrock (The Netherlands)
  • 9. We Love Green (France)
  • 10. Winterthurer Musikfestwochen (Switzerland)


  • 1. Electro Magnetic (Germany)
  • 2. Dimensions Festival (Croatia)
  • 3. Hadra Trance Festival VI (France)
  • 4. Liss Ard Music Festival (Ireland)
  • 5. Mair1 Festival (Germany)
  • 6. Pestivals (Latvia)
  • 7. Ronquieres Festival (Belgium)
  • 8. Vestrock Junior (The Netherlands)
  • 9. Warriors Dance Festival (Serbia)
  • 10. XO Live (The Netherlands)


  •  1. Blues in Hell (Norway)
  • 2. Dia De La Musica (Spain)
  • 3. Eurosonic Noorderslag (The Netherlands)
  • 4. I Love Techno (Belgium)
  • 5. Le Printemps De Bourges (France)
  • 6. Reeperbahn Festival (Germany)
  • 7. Sensation (Denmark)
  • 8. Sensation (Netherlands)
  • 9. The Rolling Stone Weekender (Germany)
  • 10. Waves Vienna (Austria)


  • 1. Melt! Festival (Germany)
  • 2. Optimus Alive (Portugal)
  • 3. Primavera (Spain)
  • 4. Pukkelpop (Belgium)
  • 5. Rock am Ring / Rock im Park (Germany)
  • 6. Rock Werchter (Belgium)
  • 7. Roskilde Festival (Denmark)
  • 8. Southside / Hurricane (Germany)
  • 9. Tomorrowland (Belgium)
  • 10. Way out West (Sweden)


  •  1. Die Toten Hosen “Tage wie dieser”
  • 2. Florence & The Machine “Shake it out”
  • 3. Foster the People “Pumped up Kicks”
  • 4. Jack White “Seven Nation Army”
  • 5. Lykke Li “I follow Rivers”
  • 6. M83 – “Midnight City”
  • 7. Mumford & Sons “Little Lion Man”
  • 8. Of Monsters and Men “Little Talks”
  • 9. The Black Keys “Lonely Boy”
  • 10. Will and the People “Lion in the morning sun”


  • 1. Bon Iver
  • 2. Florence & The Machine
  • 3. Foo Fighters
  • 4. Jack White
  • 5. Mumford & Sons
  • 6. Pearl Jam
  • 7. The Black Keys
  • 8. The Cure
  • 9. The Killers
  • 10. The Stones Roses

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR with Eurosonic Noorderslag

  • 1. Alabama Shakes
  • 2. Alt J
  • 3. Anna Calvi
  • 4. Azealia Banks
  • 5. Dope D.O.D
  • 6. Dry the River
  • 7. Ewert and the Two Dragons
  • 8. Jessie Ware
  • 9. Kraftklub
  • 10. Of Monsters and Men


  • 1. OpenAir St.Gallen (Switzerland)
  • 2. Optimus Alive (Portugal)
  • 3. Oya Festivalen (Norway)
  • 4. Parades de Coura (Portugal)
  • 5. Primavera Sound (Spain)
  • 6. Pukkelpop (Belgium)
  • 7. Rock Werchter (Belgium)
  • 8. Way out West (Sweden)
  • 9. Roskilde (Denmark)
  • 10. Woodstock (Poland)

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR with Virtual Festivals Europe *

  • 1. Everything is new in Lisbon (Portugal)
  • 2. ID & T (The Nederlands)
  • 3. Live Nation (Belgium)
  • 4. Luger (Sweden)
  • 5. Pukkelpop (Belgium)

GREEN OPERATIONS AWARD with Yourope and The GO Group **

  • Boom Festival (Portugal)
  • Maifeld Derby (Germany)
  • OpenAir St.Gallen (Switzerland)
  • Way Out West (Sweden)
  • We Love Green (France)


* Decided by industry jury of top journalists, booking agents and other market experts.

** Decided by the Green Operations Award jury, consisting of prominent European green initaitives, associations and foundations including AGF


christmas 2012To those of our readers who celebrate Christmas, can we wish you a very very happy Christmas, and can we wish everyone a happy, fulfilling and contended 2013.

In 2013 we will be launching our new audience research, which sampled the opinions of nearly 2300 music fans, and Ben and Teresa Moore from Bucks New University will present the findings at a special GO Europe Green Events panel at the EuroSonic Conference in Groningen, Netherlands on January 11th.

We are busy planning our Green Events and Innovations conference set for March 7th 2013 (in Climate Week in the UK) at the International Live Music Conference in London with some really excellent panels, workshops and speakers and the theme “saving by reducing”.

We are hoping to plant hundreds more trees in ‘Festival Wood’ in Dundreggan in Scotland – 10,000 acres of wild land near Loch Ness which will be part of the new Caledonian Forest. We already have over 600 trees planted, and we had great support this year from festivals including Deer Shed, Bestival, Belladrum Tartan Heart, Glastonbury and End of the Road, and our  friends at Big Green Coach, ID&C, Stack Cup and Peppermint Bars. and look forward to lots more planting next year!

And of course we will be running our Greener Festival Awards scheme for the seventh year, again supported by Robertson Taylor Insurance Brokers and the UK Festival Awards.

As ever, here’s to a greener 2013!

Amie, Ben, Claire, Helen and Luke, and all of our wonderful volunteers



As the holidays approach, we want to cast some festive sparkle to you, our friends and supporters and let you know what we’ve been up to. Like a snappy Queen’s speech, with a lot more singing and dancing, we’re giving you the lowdown on what 2012 meant for sustainability in the creative industries and what’s coming up for 2013.


In 2012 we saw big cuts to culture and passionate industry opposition. In 2013 we will see more. But whilst continuing to argue the Case for Culture, we’re spotting glimmers of brilliance as the creative industries do more with less andtriumph in the face of adversity.

In 2012 culture connected with sustainability, uniting to leadcities and sectors. Alison travelled to Australia and suggested to IFACCA that ‘Creativity is the only truly renewable energy source we have, so lets use it.’ In 2013 cultural leadership on sustainability will expand internationally, as WWF says, it’s ‘disrupt or be disrupted‘.

In 2012 Arts Council England made environmental reporting a requirement, a world first. 2013 will see the first year of reporting for our Arts Council partnership making sustainability a fresh priority for over 300 new arts organisations. This data will bring insights like never before, enabling arts in the UK to future proof.

In 2012 the world awoke to the environmental impacts of digital. Data got desirable and we became better and better at communicating complexity. We also learnt that we ‘ignore what we don’t understand’ so in 2013, we will build onexisting work and look at exactly what the impacts of digitalmeans for the creative industries.

In 2012 we understood the link between weather and climate for the first time. Sandy deposited the impacts of climate change conspicuously on the doorstep of America and in Britain weather cancelled some events whilst others thrived.In 2013, the festival sector will continue to mitigate, innovating on temporary power solutions and weather risk strategies. In London this summer, Hyde Park will feature a main stage constructed of oak trees and with sustainability at its roots.

In 2012 we’ve been dazzled by the communicationcreativityand innovation of the arts industries on sustainability. Film has transported us to the Bayou to see the human impact of melting ice caps and theatres got close to closed-loop production. The 2013 Oscar nomination list includes abreathtaking documentary about glacier destruction. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

In 2012 Julie’s Bicycle has grown. We’ve taken on new employees, new skills, new partnerships, and new campaigns. In short, we’ve thrived, thanks largely to you. In 2013 we look forward to increasing our impact and continuing to make sustainability intrinsic to the business, art, and ethics of the creative industries.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Alison, Catherine L, Catherine B, Claire, Lucy, Christina, Sholeh, Luke, Tiah, Chiara, Chris, Tom, Helen, Sian, and Alison.


GreenEventsLogo2013A Greener Festival, Bucks New University and the Association of Independent Festivals will be presenting the fourth edition of GREEN EVENTS & INNOVATIONS at The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London on Thursday 7th March 2013. The Conference is being hosted at the International Live Music Conference, the world leading gathering of live music business professionals from around the globe and Green Events & Innovations remains the UK’s leading conference looking at sustainability at events.

Our theme for 2013 is saving by reducing –  whether that’s rubbish, water, power, tents or food miles – it’s all about reducing wasteful activities that we can’t afford financially or ecologically, and saving money too!

Tickets for the Conference (which include lunch, and a day of panels, keynotes and workshops) are £75, with a discount rate of £50 available for AIF Members, Yourope Members,  ILMC delegates and students. You can REGISTER HERE. Spaces will be limited and offered on a first come first serve basis!

Topics which will be covered will include a panel on power at events, including an update on the ‘Powerful Thinking’ campaign, the effect of climate change and extreme weather on events, an update on new technology and innovations, advice on managing waste at events including practical problems and new solutions, and a look at how artists can get involved in sustainability. As ever, Green Events & Innovations will have speakers and panellists who are experts in their field and in event sustainability.

More on the ILMC (8th – 10th March 2013) at

For Green Events and innovations REGISTER HERE