ST.GALLEN, SWITZERLAND (VIP NEWS) — In 2006 The European Festival Association YOUROPE launched environmental guidelines for music festivals with a booklet entitled 'Green'n'Clean'.
This has now been supplemented by a new online tool providing festival organizers with customized environmental advice, plus a 'Green'n'Clean Award' for festivals who achieve a defined number of criteria in terms of environmental measures.
YOUROPE announced that the following 27 Yourope members have achieved the necessary standards and have received the 'Green'n'Clean Award':
Das Fest, Germany
Festival Internacional de Benicassim, Spain
Heineken Open'er Festival, Poland
Hultsfred Festival, Sweden
Les Rencontres Trans Musicales de Rennes, France
Lowlands, The Netherlands
Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland
OpenAir St.Gallen, Switzerland
Oya Festivalen, Norway
Paléo Festival, Nyon
Pinkpop, The Nederlands
Rip Curl Festival, France
Rock Werchter, Belgium
Roskilde Festival, Denmark
Slottsfiel Festivalen, Norway
S.O.S 4.8, Spain
T in the Park, Scotland
Taubertal Festival, Germany
Weekend Au Bord de L'Eau, Switzerland
In September 2009, YOUROPE co-promoted the 2nd seminar for 'Sustainable Management' at Bucks New University in cooperation with agreenerfestival.com, Julie's Bicycle and Theresa Moore from Bucks New University. YOUROPE members who participate in these seminars get special discounts.
A wide range of speakers from the events industry, discussed issues such as transport and travel, CO2 measurement, waste management solutions, legislation, environmental policy and standards and long term planning. The next seminar will be held in February 2011.
"The seminars have now become an ideas and information hub for the festival and event industry. By bringing together event organizers and environmental managers from across Europe and further afield current practice can be shared and new ideas and strategies developed." says Teresa Moore Bucks New University.
Thomas Niebuhr, Roskilde Festival adds "The conference was very informative for me too. There is a lack of information and cooperation which the conference is starting to bridge."
YOUROPE is also an event partner of the forthcoming Green Events Conference in Bonn which will take place from 3rd – 4th November 2010. The aim of the event is to find sustainable solutions for festivals, venues and concerts to deal with the impact they have on the environment with panels and workshops covering a wide variety of topics including: Sustainability Management, Waste Management and Green Law.