At bluedot, we’re working closely with our friends at Jodrell Bank exploring how sustainability plays a central role in all our work across the festival and beyond. From being one of the first festivals in the UK to use all LED festoon lighting in our inaugral year, to using a vast 15 acre wildlife refuge as our home at Jodrell Bank, both us and the team at the Observatory work hard to reduce waste and minimise our carbon footprint at the festival.
While we work hard to put sustainability at the heart of festival production, a key part of our overarching public mission is ‘to highlight the fragility of planet Earth.’
Offering the audience a chance to offset their carbon footprint with a choice to make a ‘Carbon Offset’ donation when they buy their tickets. We invest 100% of this in renewable energy with Energy Revolution, a festival industry collaborative charity.
Removing the use of plastic straws, plastic containers and plastic cutlery sold from food traders.
Providing all staff with reusable bottles to reduce the number of plastic bottles on site.
Initiate car sharing schemes and providing coaches for festival-goers to arrive together.
Providing extensive recycling opportunities across the festival site.
Offering tent collections for charity and an onsite local food back collection.
This year we're also:
0% of our waste will be going to landfill
Working alongside the AIF to ban single-use plastics at the festival.
All food waste will be split from other waste across the site, to then be composted.
After giving our audience the chance to offset their carbon footprint, we're also giving our staff, contractors and artists the opportunity to do the same with Energy Revolution.
Frank Water will be onsite offering a water refill service with freshly chilled, filtered water.
Encouraging our festival goers to bring their own refillable water bottle for use onsite.
Alternative sustainable power supplies brought onsite to replace diesel generators in some areas.
All onsite water sales will be in the form of Can O Water instead of single use plastic water bottles.
Roaming as well as static water refill stations encouraging festival goers to refill instead of purchasing water.
Our ‘Planet Field’, focuses on ‘spaceship earth’, our fragile bluedot and the ways in which we look after the only planet we have ever known. Found in Jodrell Bank’s Arboretum, discover the latest thinking and innovation in how researchers, scientists and more are working to protect Earth.
ACCOUNT FOR YOUR TRAVEL CARBON WITH THE ENERGY REVOLUTION.
Bluedot is part of 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.
Last year, your Carbon Offset donations contributed to an incredible project in the UK, including a community owned wind-turbine in the Forest of Dean that supplies clean electricity to the local community. The 500KW wind turbine creates 1,550 MWh per year, powering 350 local homes with clean electricity and saving 731 tonnes of CO2 each year. The project also offers a fund to support local projects that are working to build community resilience, especially around reducing fuel poverty through energy efficiency and education.