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Sustainability

BLUEDOT’S CHRISTMAS GIFT TO PLANET EARTH:

As we approach the festive season, we're more aware than ever of the environmental impact of this time of year.

Unwanted gifts, miles of wrapping paper and millions driving home to see family, all leave a carbon imprint that is having a huge effect on the planet.

That's why this festive season for every weekend ticket you order for bluedot 2019, we'll be donating £10 to EnergyRevolution, which invests in sustainable energy projects to cancel out the carbon created at this time of year, but also putting on an event like bluedot. This includes replacing dirty fossil fuels with wind and solar power, to offset the vehicles coming to Jodrell Bank, and schemes such as the Bristol Energy Co-op, which has developed new green energy supplies and offset over a million travel miles already. This is just one part of a wider sustainability programme that bluedot will be co-ordinating year round, and we'd love you to be part of it.

We’ll see you in July! – Ben Robinson, Festival Director


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’.

Our initatives

  • 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.
In 2018, we also included:
  • 0% of our waste will be going to landfill.
  • Worked alongside the AIF to ban single-use plastics at the festival.
  • All food waste split from other waste across the site, to then be composted.
  • After giving our audience the chance to offset their carbon footprint, we gave our staff, contractors and artists the opportunity to do the same with Energy Revolution.
  • Frank Water 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.

Energy Revolution

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.