Global climate change continues to present the biggest threat to our planet. Here at Glastonbury Festival we are committed to reducing greenhouse emissions and using clean energy sources whenever possible. Please read on to learn more about our work to lower our carbon footprint.
Our work so far:
Incentivising green travel.
- To encourage Festival-goers to arrive by bus, our combined Festival and coach ticket packages are available to buy before standard entry tickets.
- In 2019, 40% of all Festival-goers arrived by bike or public transport.
- We run regular free shuttle buses to and from Castle Cary railway station throughout the Festival.
Prioritising clean energy.
- In order to reduce our on-site emissions, BMW will be providing us with a small fleet of electric vehicles which will be used to transport artists around the site to their performances.
- In 2010 Worthy Farm installed 1500 square meters of solar panels on the roof of the cattle shed. The 1,316 roof-mounted solar panels makes this one of the largest privately owned solar photovoltaic systems in the country. The solar farm saves about 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year, generating 205,700kWh of energy – enough electricity to meet the annual demand of 40 average households.
- Since their inception in 1984, The Green Fields – including the 1000-capacity Croissant Neuf stage – have continued to be run on renewable solar, wind and pedal power.
- In late 2018, Worthy Farm installed a new anaerobic digester. The anaerobic digester transforms farm waste into renewable energy that powers Worthy Farm and Festival offices year round as well as some production areas during the Festival.
- Where possible, battery systems are deployed and charged directly by these onsite farm renewables through the mains power grid or via temporary solar power systems. All mains power onsite is supplied from fully certified renewable energy sources.
- Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) free of virgin palm oil will be used in certain generators, helping reduce CO2e emissions by upto 90%. Other generators are hybridised with battery systems meaning run times are shorter, further reducing fuel use and CO2e emissions.
- Glastonbury Festival offices on Worthy Farm are heated by a ground source heat pump.
- 185 low energy led tower lights are used on site.
Improving infrastructure to cut down on transport emissions.
- There is an on-site Wholesale Market to reduce food miles and cut down on delivery vehicles.
- With 2 million litres of water stored in its reservoirs and 7km of on-site private water mains, Glastonbury Festival’s water needs can be met through its own mains water supply and no water needs to be transported to the Festival by tanker.
- By working closely with Wessex Water and investing in local sewage plants, Glastonbury Festival sewage waste can be processed within an 8-mile radius of the site.
What you can do:
With your help we can do even more to bring down our greenhouse gas emissions. With over 200,000 people at the Festival, these are small steps that bring us closer to a greener, cleaner world.
- Please use public transport, cycle or car-share to Glastonbury Festival. Car exhaust is the greatest contributor to the Festival’s greenhouse gases. By car-sharing, or better still, using public transport or cycling to the Festival, we can hugely reduce the amount of pollution produced.
- Save energy at home. While you’re at Glastonbury Festival, unplug your telly and other non-essential appliances and switch off unnecessary lights. Please also consider using LED light bulbs and switching to an energy supplier that commits to clean, renewable energy sources.