International not-for-profit organisation A Greener Festival (AGF) has announced the 35 recipients of Greener Festival Awards 2018.

Festivals and events from 14 countries achieved the prestigious accolade, which is awarded to those events and festivals that have demonstrated conscientiousness with regards to sustainability in 11 areas including transport, waste, power, water, and local area impacts.

Applicants undergo a rigorous assessment, site visit and post-event analysis of their events’ sustainability actions. The awards ceremony was held at Eurosonic Noorderslag, Netherlands on Friday 18th January 2019.

AGF Directors Ben Challis, Claire O’Neill and Teresa Moore presented awards to recipients that included Das Fest, Germany; DGTL, Netherlands; Pohoda Festival, Slovakia; and Ireland’s Body & Soul.

Xander Kotvis, revolution manager of DGTL Festival Amsterdam, one of seven events to receive an Outstanding Award – Greener Festival Awards’ highest accolade – commented: “The Outstanding Award is a crown on many years of hard work. With this prize, we demonstrate that it is possible to implement circular systems without having to compromise on quality or experience.

“We believe that this is the best way to introduce the world to a new economic paradigm, in which we distance ourselves from our current linear (take-make-waste) behaviour.”

Boomtown Fair applied for the award assessment and feedback for the first time in 2018. The event’s sustainability manager Emily Ford said: “We are delighted that we obtained the Commended Award from AGF.

“That highlights the positive action we are taking. It’s a great start to our mission to ensure that we significantly reduce the environmental impact of the event, as well as raise awareness on just how vital it is that we all pull together to protect the planet for future generations.”

Claire O’Neill, A Greener Festival co-founder commented: “This year has seen unprecedented action and an awareness of the urgency to make our industries and our lives more harmonious with nature.

“The festivals and events that we have had the honour to assess and award are helping to shape this transition, which has positive repercussions not only within the events’ operations but also through the message and example they put out into the world.”

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