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Measuring Impacts

Greenbelt Festival’s Sustainability Impact Report 2022

Greenbelt Festival has just released its 2022 Sustainability Impact Report proving it is possible for a festival to cut its carbon footprint, year-on-year, and create a festival that is actively striving to be as sustainable as possible.

Findings from Greenbelt’s Sustainability Impact Report include:

  • ZERO tents left anywhere at Greenbelt Festival 2022
  • Overall carbon footprint was down by 24 per cent compared to its 2019 festival. This was mostly due to a large reduction in artists travelling by air.
  • 53 per cent of audience travel was offset using ecolibrium – that’s 105 tonnes and the equivalent to 37,728 miles.
  • Each person had a carbon footprint of 0.8kg (excluding travel) per day at its 2022 festival (the UK average per person, per day is 32kg).
  • Greenbelt Festival introduced its policy on using recyclable cups and the banning of single-use plastic water bottles in 2019. This has resulted in more and more of its festival-goers now bringing their own reusable cup and not buying new ones.
  • Greenbelt Festival was awarded the Gold Standard for Attitude is Everything, an award it has now received four times.
  • It donated more than 1 tonne of goods to the local food-bank.
  • Greenbelt Festival was awarded Commended by A Greener Festival.
  • Greenbelt’s production buggies and its onsite taxi-buggies are now electric (with the exception of one – watch this space for 2023!).
  • Nine per cent of festivalgoers used the free festival shuttle bus.

What is Greenbelt Festival doing to make improvements in 2023?

  • As the site grows each year, Greenbelt’s fuel usage increases. Last year it went up by nine per cent. Greenbelt is committed to becoming more energy efficient year-on-year with the use of more solar and HVO fuels.
  • Greenbelt is always looking to reduce, reuse and recycle. This year it is actively working towards composting more of its food waste; reusing and recycling more of its general waste, and reducing its travel footprint.
  • Provide more compostable loos and introduce new squatting toilets.