Each festival has a different size and local possibilities and is at a different stage in its journey towards circularity and climate neutrality. For every new edition, festival organizers should aim for measures with the highest positive impact. This requires making choices in how to make a next step, given the specific local circumstances, regulatory conditions, arrangements with suppliers, receptiveness of the audience, and the available solutions at that time. Also, choices will depend on the capacity of the team, available time and financial capability to implement solutions. Especially in a time the sector is dealing with increasing costs, capacity constraints and regulatory challenges! Therefore, the participants of the GDCF developed a model which is ambitious and at the same time realistic, by providing flexibility in the way the ultimate goals can be implemented step-by-step. Ultimately reaching for the highest level of circularity and climate neutrality for all our scopes of influence. This is visualised below.
Frontrunners of the Green Deal Circular Festivals guiding the way
By signing the GDCF, participating festivals committed to strive for the highest level of circularity and climate neutrality possible by 2025, considering the circumstances and possibilities at that time. With the GDCF Model, the European frontrunners of the GDCF put the bar high; they intend to accelerate their sustainable transformation and realise the European targets of 2030 and 2050 even quicker. Therefore, participating festivals defined the ideal circular and climate neutral festival, meeting with the European targets for 2050. Also a ‘first base’ has been defined, with targets which can be achieved ahead of the European targets for 2030.
This first base is an ambitious but feasible first step, which will help festivals moving in the right direction. Considering their current level of circularity and considering the specific local circumstances, each festival set their own priorities. Festival organisers select themes for inclusion in their sustainability plans, based on their assessment of which elements will contribute most towards a higher level of circularity for their festival at that time. Where festivals in some countries already make a huge step by reaching the ‘first base’, for other festivals reaching the ultimate goals for circularity and climate neutrality might be already in sight. By early and pro-actively anticipating on the climate and circularity targets of the government, the frontrunners of the GDCF step-up the efforts in the journey towards circularity to inspire others and guide the way for a future-proof sector.
Fully Circular & Climate Neutral
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