In 2019, End of the Road Festival was voted ‘Best Small Festival’ at the NME Awards and also became a Climate Positive festival, via the Clean Earth Collective’s carbon audit and the reusable cup system

In September 2019 the Clean Earth Collective ran a carbon audit at End of the Road Festival, a 14,000 people 3 day music festival with customer camping at Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire. In 2016, 2017 and 2019, the festival won an award for ‘Best Small Festival’ at NME Awards and is well established independent folk and rock music 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 which generated a small profit and allowed us to offset the full carbon footprint of the festival by investing in ethical carbon credits.

End of the Road Festival was our last festival of the summer of 2019, but also our biggest environmental impact assessment. After the success of 2000 Trees and ArcTanGent we were ready for this larger capacity event. The event is well organised making it easy to record information and the 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 events unavoidable carbon emissions.Well organised festivals are working to energy efficiency principles even though they are temporary and power hungry gatherings.

End of the Road Festival also offset 2.5 years of historical carbon emissions, making End of the Road Festival a Climate Positive festival.

Infrastructure: 9976.2539
Energy: 36406.7939
Traders: 5461.3264
Bars: 3629.3131
Audience Travel: 122700.0000
Total KgCO2e: 178173.6873
Total Tonne: 178.1737

The festival produced 178.1 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.

End of the Road Festival – https://www.endoftheroadfestival.com