Can Music Festivals Be Eco-Friendlier?

In recent weeks, we’ve seen the return of many of our beloved music festivals. Some have been postponed to later in the year, or even 2022, but some have already taken place. Whilst many of us have been eager to get back into the swing of things and see our favourite artists, it’s unlikely we’ll be thinking about recycling our waste. That’s a conundrum for event organisers; as the public become more eco-conscious, events need to adapt in order to thrive. From electric vehicle (EV) charging at events to eco-friendly food packaging, there are plenty of alternatives to help get events started.

UK festival organisers are all brainstorming ways in which they can lower their carbon footprint, but with millions of people visiting these sites each year, it’s hard to go completely zero waste. Festivals often put on shuttlebuses for festival goers staying in local hotels, but EV charging points are a great possibility for achieving net zero. Our portable battery storage chargers here at Elite Vehicle Charging can be deployed in off-grid locations, making them the perfect choice for temporary charging. EV drivers can rest easy, and festival organisers can watch their carbon levels decrease…

The Current Carbon Footprint

Roughly 24,000 tonnes of waste are generated at festivals each year, which comes in the form of food, its packaging and tents that get left behind. Festivals such as ‘Bestival’ have taken the initiative to ban single use plastic, whereas the popular Glastonbury festival has a ‘Leave no Trace’ pledge to ensure attendees take their rubbish with them following the festival. The biggest culprit of carbon emissions, however, is transport, contributing to 26%. 

Many festival goers don’t fancy carrying all their belongings on public transport, so often opt to drive. The sheer number of cars are incredibly damaging for the local airspace and environment. By opting for rentable car charging points, you can not only attract a new group of people, but you can accommodate for EV drivers who may worry about attending due to range anxiety. Festival goers can charge their car whilst they enjoy their weekend, with no worries whatsoever.

How Electric Vehicle Charging Can Help

In 2017, American festival Coachella contributed to around 65% on site carbon, and most large festivals here in the UK followed suit. As we become more aware of the damage we’re inflicting upon our planet, organisations are generating new ideas to lower their carbon footprint. By introducing an EV charging network, you can provide incentives for EV drivers to visit your event as well as improving your own green initiative. Public charging is on the rise, and festivals may be missing out.

By providing a place for festival goers to charge their electric car, you can boost your event’s green reputation, attracting a whole new demographic of people. EV charging at events is becoming increasingly important, especially as more of us opt for a more sustainable vehicle. To find out more about the events we can cater for, please visit us here.

Off Grid? No Problem

Our chargers don’t need to be connected to the infrastructure, which can be expensive or impossible. Connecting to the grid at festivals would be impractical anyway; the festival will be over after a weekend, which leaves the chargers with no purpose. Our chargers can be rented for as long as they’re needed, and we even provide a concierge service to ensure the chargers are in fully working condition. 

Here at Elite Vehicle Charging, we’re dedicated to helping lower your carbon footprint. We provide EV charging at events for affordable prices, providing guests with sufficient charge for their journey home. To find out more, or to receive a quote, please give us a call on 0800 702 2261. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form.