‘A haven of progressive music across the spectrum of all things heavy’ – Metal Hammer. Now a Climate Positive music festival

In August 2019 the Clean Earth Collective ran a carbon audit at ArcTanGent, a 7,000 people 3 day music festival with customer camping in the Mendip Hills. Over 100+ acts including bands Meshuggah, Cult of Luna, Battles, Russian Circles and Bossk and the friendliest and most chilled audience you’ll find at any festival. We ran a full carbon audit for the event and checked all production onto site, event energy consumption, artist and customer travel. We also managed a reusable cup scheme for the bars, this generated a small profit and this allowed us to offset the full carbon footprint of the festival by investing in ethical carbon credits.

ArcTanGent Festival is run by the same team as 2000 Trees and many of the same production crews and traders work at this event. As with 2000 Trees, their event production is well sourced and efficient. Waste is well managed. Customer car sharing is encouraged and public transport usage is high. These are key factors to reduce an event’s unavoidable carbon emissions.

From working at 2000 Trees earlier on in the Summer we found that festivals don’t emit large volumes of carbon emissions. Well organised festivals are working to energy efficient principles even though they are temporary and power hungry gatherings.

ArcTanGent Festival also offset an extra 78% of the 2019 total, making ArcTanGent a climate positive festival.

ArcTanGent – Climate Positive 2019

Infrastructure: 6155.2911
Energy, Water & Waste: 24075.9287
Traders: 1786.0960
Bars: 3859.5005
Audience Travel: 86912.5000
Total KgCO2e: 122789.3163
Total Tonne: 122.7893

The festival produced 122.7 tonnes of unavoidable carbon emissions. Our onsite carbon audit
gave us accurate figures and the result highlights that the cost of making a music festival carbon
neutral is low when considering the physical size of these type of events. This efficiency comes
from a forward thinking production process that is designed to operate within the local economy
and minimise energy usage.

NB: There are also two unknown benefits as we assume customers will be using less power by camping in a field over the weekend than staying at home. Plus with the increased popularity of homegrown festivals as a family experience, they have the potential to be swapped for other holiday time. If a festival was to swerve potential customers from flying abroad then it would have achieved a great, but unknown benefit of lessening overall worldwide emissions.

ArcTanGent Festival – https://www.arctangent.co.uk