Shambala 2012


Committed To People & Planet

Shambala is committed to being as environmentally sustainable as possible and is considered truly pioneering Europe-wide. In five years we have reduced the 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, 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 are doing (in a nutshell)

Recent awards we have won!

We are proud to be the International A Greener Festival Award winners in 2014 for the fourth time (!),  and the recipients of 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 for the past 4 years, 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 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 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 – account for your travel carbon

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

Green 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 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 2014 we proudly awarded the title to Coyote Moon Cafe

Our Industry Green Report 2013

Julies Bicycle’s Creative Industry Green certification takes into account all aspects of an event’s impacts. We have received 3 stars in all areas! Its a big read, but be our guest…


Student Resources

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 enough time. So, we’ve created a student pack! Please download the documents below before contacting us, although if there are further questions you are welcome to email us via the contact page.

Please note – we are currently reviewing our Student Pack Download