Committed to a positive future

Shambala is committed to being as environmentally sustainable as possible and is considered truly pioneering Europe-wide, even winning the European Festival Awards’ ‘Green Operations’ award in 2016. In the past five years we have reduced the onsite carbon footprint of the festival by 81%, and in 2014 we were awarded the International ‘A Greener Festival Award’ for the second year running. We are now 100% renewably powered, and in 2016, went meat and fish free, but we need your help to improve recycling rates. Read on to see what we’re doing, and how you can play your role.

What we achieved in 2016



Recent awards we have won!

We are proud to have won the European Festival Awards ‘Green Operations Award’ in 2016. We have also won the International A Greener Festival Award four times, as well as winning the A Greener Festival ‘Inspiration Award’ in 2012  for our work with Fareshare developing the Surplus Supper Club. We have also been certified 3 stars with the Julies Bicycle Industry Green programme for the past 5 years; and this year we got 4 stars- the best possible! We try hard, but it’s a partnership between us and you, so thanks for making Shambala what it is.

Your Carbon Footprint @ Shambala

We are passionate about the ‘Per Capita Principle.’ If everyone on the planet has an equal share of carbon consumption based on projected sustainable levels, we would each have an allowance of only 7.5Kg/day*. At the moment many of us are using 6 times this amount in our daily UK lives. Whilst at Shambala, your individual share of the event’s carbon emissions is an amazing 0.4Kg/day. This even includes average travel distances. This is because we’re powered by 100% renewable energy, recycle as much as possible and source supplies locally. Compared to a heated home using electricity for most functions, the share of living outdoors on the festival site is minimal.
*United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) 

 The Energy Revolution

Shambala has co-founded an unprecedented festival industry initiative, which aims to account for audience travel. 63% of our festivals carbon footprint is audience travel. You can make a donation when you buy your tickets, 100% of which will be invested in renewable energy. Watch the video below or find out more HERE

Inspirational Trader Award

Food stalls are only offered a pitch at Shambala if they can prove they operate to strict environmental and ethical standards. They are required to:

• Use only biodegradable plates/cups/cutlery
• Use Fairtrade, organic and local supplies wherever possible
• Use non-toxic cleaning products where possible

Every year we rigorously assess all traders. The very best gets the Inspirational Trader Award. In 2016 we proudly awarded the title to The Chai Shop Organic, and the runners up were Wandering Word Pizza and Nosh Community Cafe! Read the full round up here.

Our Industry Green 4 Star Report 2016

Julies Bicycle’s Creative Industry Green certification takes into account all aspects of an event’s impacts. We have received 4 stars overall! Its a big read, but be our guest…
2016 Report Shambala

Student Resources

We are regularly approached for information to help with student dissertations and theses. We are a small team and so we don’t often have time to answer questions. However there is a wealth of resources and links on the Kambe Events website which are available for download.