Committed To The Planet
Shambala is committed to being as environmentally sustainable as possible and is considered a truly pioneering event Europe-wide. In five years we have reduced the carbon footprint of the festival by 81%!
What we are doing (in a nutshell)
We do everything we can think of to reduce the impacts of the event including:
- The whole festival is 94% powered by wind, sun and waste veg oil (2013)
- Subsidised coach travel from 6 cities (to reduce travel carbon emissions)
- FREE biofuel shuttle bus from local public transport links
- Recycling virtually everything we can and aiming for zero waste to landfill in 2014
- Providing as many compost loos as we are able, and managing the waste onsite.
- Detailed annual carbon auditing and carbon reduction initiatives
- Strict ethical trader and food supply policies
- Reduction of disposable plastics through the Bring a Bottle campaign and using re-usable bar cups across site.
Awards we have won
We are proud to have won the A Greener Festival ‘Outstanding’ Award every year since 2011, the A Greener Festival ‘Inspiration Award’ in 2012 for our work with Fareshare developing the Surplus Supper Club, and been the overall international winner of the A Greener Festival Award in 2010 and 2013. We have also been certified 3 stars with the Julies Bicycle Industry Green programme for 3 of the past 4 years, the best possible! We try.
Our Industry Green Report 2013
Its a big read, but be our guest if you fancy it…
Your Carbon Footprint At 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 of is an amazing 0.43Kg/day (2013 data). This even includes average travel distances. This is because we’re powered by 94% renewables, recycle and source supplies locally etc, and 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 Carbon Travel Fund
Our ‘Travel Carbon Fund’ is an initiative which encourages Car and Live-in Vehicle Pass buyers to make a donation which accounts for their travel-related carbon when buying tickets. The donations are used to invest in wind energy to compensate for the carbon emitted and make an active contribution to a carbon-free future. Find out more HERE
Green Action Plan
You can track Shambala’s environmental progress with our annual Green Action Plan which and reviews what we achieved, and sets out what we aim for the next year;
(2013 Green Action Plan coming soon)
Download Green Action Plan 2012
Download Green Action Plan 2011
Download Green Action Plan 2010
Green Trader Award
Caterers and stalls are only offered a pitch at Shambala if they can prove they operate to high standard of environmental and ethical practice. They are required to:
• Use only biodegradable plates/cups/cutlery
• Use fair trade, organic and local supplies wherever possible
• ONLY use meat and fish which can be proved to come from an ethical source
Every year we rigorously asseses all traders. The very best gets the Green Trader Award. In 2013 we proudly awarded the title to Poco – See the blog for the full story and other winners HERE
We are regularly approached for information to help with student dissertations and theses. We do our best to answer questions but with a small part time team, we sometimes don’t have the time. So, we’ve created a student pack containing all the information you could possibly need (we hope)! Please download the documents below before contacting us, although if there are further questions you are welcome to email us via the contact page.