Committed To The Planet
Shambala is committed to being green and is one of a few truly pioneering events. We are proud to have won the A Greener Festival Award in 2011 and a Greener Festival Inspiration Award in 2012!
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 98% powered by wind, sun and waste veg oil
• 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 actively promoting this)
• Providing as many compost loos as we can get hold of
• Detailed annual carbon auditing and carbon reduction initiatives
• Strict ethical traders and food supply policies
Awards we have won
We were the UK’s greenest festival in 2011, winning the A Greener Festival Award and in 2012 also took home the Greener Festival Inspiration Award! We have been awarded the highest ever Industry Green (Ig) by Julies Bicycle, which measures all aspects of sustainability (see a case study HERE). Over 4 years we have managed to more than halve the carbon emissions (per person) at the event and to reduce total carbon emissions between years. We have been awarded OUTSTANDING three years in a row by the A Greener Festival Awards, and won the Most Sustainable Event in the UK award (2009) from the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA).
Our Industry Green Report 2012
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 at sustainable levels (i.e. for the planet to survive) we each have an allowance of only 7.5Kg/day*. At the moment many of us are using 6 times this amount or more. Without travel, your share of the event’s carbon emissions of Shambala is an amazing 3.14Kg/day (2010). With travel the average is just over 12Kg/day. But if you cycled, travelled by coach or in a full car you are within your per capita share!
*United Nations Environment Program figures
The Carbon Travel Fund
Ticket buyers are offered the opportunity to offset their carbon produced to travel to the event when buying car and van passes. Every year those who contributed vote for which project they want to support from a choice of 3 carefully chosen organisations or initiatives. Please see the pdf document below for full information on the wonderful things that these donations have achieved so far.
Green Action Plan
You can track Shambala’s environmental progress with our Annual Action Plan which sets out what we aim to achieve each year.
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 are managed ethically. They are required to:
• Use only biodegradable plates/cups/cutlery
• Use fair trade, organic and local supplies wherever possible
• ONLY use meat which can be proved to come from an ethical source
Every year our Green Queen (Jen) rigorously asseses all traders. The very best gets the Green Trader Award and 50% off the following year’s pitch fee! In 2010 the Chai Shop (falafel stall) was the winner and 2011′s winner was Hurley Burley.
This year we will be changing the award to the ‘most improved’.
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.