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.
- We run regular free shuttle buses to and from Castle Cary railway station throughout the Festival.
- Use of public transport to the Festival has more than doubled in the last decade and around 40% of ticket holders travel to the festival on public transport.
Prioritising clean energy.
- In 2010 Worthy Farm installed 1500 square meters of solar panels on the roof of the cattle shed. The 1100-panelled solar farm 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 and generates enough electricity to meet the annual demand of 40 average households.
- The Green Fields, including the 1000-capacity Croissant Neuf stage, are run entirely on solar and wind power.
- In 2019, Worthy Farm installed a new anaerobic digester. From 2019, the anaerobic digester will power Pyramid Stage production and some backstage areas during Glastonbury Festival as well as providing power for Worthy Farm and the Festival offices to use all year round.
- Stages in Theatre & Circus and The Park are run on biofuel derived from cooking oil and other sources. 10-12% of all the fuel used by Glastonbury Festival is biofuel and in 2015, 150 tonnes of carbon emissions were avoided by using biofuel in place of other fuel.
- Glastonbury Festival offices on Worthy Farm are heated by a ground source heat pump.
- 185 low energy led tower lights are used on site.
- Glastonbury Festival are actively reducing the number of diesel generators used on site, and increasing the operational efficiency of those that cannot be avoided.
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.