We are working towards transforming Boomtown into a sustainable city that is run entirely on renewable energy, a circular economy city where organisers and citizens reject a throwaway society, where we leave minimal impact on the local environment, a city where the food we eat is good for the people and the planet and everyone is inspired to take immediate positive action.
How are we taking action?
These outline what measures we are taking to reduce our environmental impact.
- Environmental Management Plan: To keep track of our progress, and compliance with our Sustainability Policy and learn about where to focus attention, we are developing a five-year Environmental Management Plan.
- Environmental Programme: We will implement initiatives in the following areas; waste and resources, carbon and energy, water stewardship, food, social sustainability.
- Working with Festival Industry experts: We participate in A Greener Festival Award who externally assess our commitment towards sustainability and we received the ‘commended’ award (2/4 stars) in 2020, which signifies a well-managed, environmentally aware festival. We also engage with other industry experts to understand best practice to inform our environmental plans.
- Joined Festival Industry movements such as the ‘Green Deal Circular Festivals’ to create a more sustainable future through collaborations with international festivals as well as being signed up to the Festival Vision: 2025 pledge with a view to meet the UK national target of 50% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2025, in line with global climate change commitments.
Where are we at?
Thanks to our amazing Boomtown community, including; citizens, artists, crew and contractors we have made a real positive and significant change towards improving our impact on the environment.
✔ We achieved a 17% drop in our carbon footprint from reducing emissions produced via our energy consumption, waste disposal, water supply and treatment.
✔ Chapter 11 saw a huge surge in the number of citizens who took responsibility and took their tents & equipment home
✔ We saw a 50% reduction in tents and equipment left behind across our main campsites
✔ We welcomed the first-ever Zero Waste Camp in Boomtown’s history where we saw a huge 90% reduction in tents left compared to 2018
✔ 43% of waste was recycled and reused
✔ 10% of waste reduction per person
✔ Eliminated the sale of plastic bottles preventing 225,000 plastic bottles from being sold
✔ Reduction of 3.9 tonnes of plastic waste compared to 2018
✔ We reduced fuel usage for power generation by 21%
✔ Planted 71,725 trees with Tree Sisters
✔ This year we balanced the CO2 from 537,805 travel miles, from public and artist car travel to Boomtown, (equivalent to 156,340 CO2e) with ecolibrium. 100% of donations are going to install solar panels on UK schools to provide them with affordable clean renewable energy. We’ve been balancing emissions from car travel miles since 2015 and have collectively balanced emissions from over 13 MILLION TRAVEL MILES!!
✔ Boomtown HQ is 100% run on renewable energy with Ecotricity.
✔ Through the festival narrative and initiatives, 68% of attendees said they’d now be more inclined to join an environmental protest in real life.
Please read our Sustainability Policy here for more information about how we're taking action.
Stay tuned for more details on the initiatives that will be taking place in Boomtown CHapter One: The Gathering.