Energy Revolution has announced that it helped to offset the carbon emissions from over 3 million average car miles to festivals and other events throughout 2018.
Energy Revolution is a charity that aims to reduce the environmental impacts from fossil fuel travel to events. The 3 million car miles of travel are equivalent to 962,274 kg CO2e.
The charity was founded in 2015 by the teams behind Shambala, Boomtown, Secret Garden, Kendal Calling and Bluedot, after a report by Powerful Thinking showed that typically up to 80% of an average festival’s carbon footprint comes from audience travel.
100% of balancing donations received in 2018 will go to Solar For Schools, an initiative that puts solar panels on the roofs of schools in the UK.
This allows them to produce low-cost, clean electricity, as well as educate children about the importance of a low carbon future.
New Energy Revolution members in 2018 included Download and Reading festivals, produced by Festival Republic, who have long championed festival sustainability initiatives. They donated £1 from every car-parking pass sold to Energy Revolution.
Festival travel provider Tuned in Travel joined last year, balancing 100% of the CO2 from passenger travel to events.
Ticket agent The Ticketsellers have continued to support the project, introducing their clients to travel-balancing and making it simple for them to join by embedding a travel carbon calculator into the ticket-buying process.
Energy Revolution’s original aim was to help their members balance 10 million travel miles by 2020, but, with growing commitment from the industry and more festivals, suppliers and artists joining the movement, they are on track to reach the goal ahead of schedule this year.