Jo Why Lee

London - United Kingdom

    Energy Use at Outdoor Events: Helping to Stay Green

    September 6, 2013

    With the end of the summer seemingly coming to a close (far too quickly, as many might want to point out), there’s still time to squeeze in an event or two and while most big and well known festivals have been and gone, there are still plenty of local offerings to choose from. From the Bank Holiday fetes to charity events hosted by businesses in the area, outdoor events are still available to enjoy. Take Edinburgh for example – the Edinburgh Festivals take up a couple of weeks in August, encompassing all sorts of entertaining delights, and require a lot of hard work and co-operation from local businesses to ensure a successful year.  

    While suppliers of commercial energy are the ones who provide gas and electricity to businesses big and small, it’s the business’ that are involved with the outdoor events who have the responsibility for the energy bills of hosting such a thing and saving money where they can by being as green as possible is essential.

    The majority of people attending the various events, no matter how big or small, won’t consider the ‘green’ aspect of the day, but more and more organisers care enough to provide initiatives and incentives to ensure that they give something back to the environment. While the use of energy is inevitable, through the use of generators etc., there’s no reason why the event can’t be eco-friendly in other ways. Let's not forget that there is alwyas more than just one way, and even though you need to power your festival, you still have a huge energy saving potential.

    As the importance of being environmentally-friendly rises, more and more businesses and event organisers are showing consideration towards the environment. It’s fairly obvious that the energy consumption of an event is huge, especially when you consider stage rigs that may form part of the day. Even the smallest festivals, such as the fairly intimate Victorious Festival in Portsmouth, will use a massive amount of electricity over the course of the programme and while there’s very little we can do about that, organisers and ticketholders alike could be proactive in other ways.

    Recycling cans and cardboard and reducing waste by re-using drinking cups can help to limit the mess. Rather than just throwing your cups on the floor, use the bins that will be provided and if you do want a top-up, take your cup back to the vendor who will refill it. Perhaps the organisers could offer an incentive for such a thing, by offering a 10p reduction in price if guests return with a cup.

    Traders could use biodegradable food and drink containers to limit their contribution to landfills, ensuring that what they do throw away can be broken down rather than causing damage to the environment.

    Just like at home, there are plenty of ways in which you can show consideration towards the environment whilst outside enjoying summer and autumn events, too. With an abundance of energy saving tips online for British Gas business and home customers, being green will be a doddle.

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