Glastonbury organizers have confirmed that the 2023 edition will be powered entirely by renewable energy.
The 2023 edition has started today (June 21) and festival co-organiser Emily Eavis has opened the doors to attendees this morning. Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses and Elton John, as well as many other artists, will be the headliners.
Now, in a recent update, the festival organizers have confirmed that this year’s edition will be run entirely on renewable fuel. The update was shared on Twitter earlier this week (June 19) detailing the many methods the festival has used to make 2023 the greenest yet.
“We are pleased to report that all of the power requirements for Glastonbury 2023 will be met with renewable energy and renewable fuels, eliminating the need to rely on fossil fuels to power the entire Festival, ” read the statement.
“All the generators on the Festival site run on sustainable, renewable, oil-free palm HVO fuel, made from used cooking oil, helping to reduce CO2e emissions.” “A temporary wind turbine, installed alongside a solar panel and battery system, will produce up to 300 kWh of energy per day and power the food stands in Williams Green.”
He also confirmed that the utensils and snacks served on the premises are delivered in a more environmentally friendly way, and that the sale of single-use plastic bottles and disposable frothers is prohibited.
“All the Festival tableware and plates can be reused or composted, and non-edible food waste is composted or sent to anaerobic digestion.
“In a determined effort to reduce non-recyclable waste and promote more sustainable alternatives…all chips are sold in compostable packaging.”
The organizers also confirmed that the festival has avoided the use of fossil fuels since 1984 and will continue to opt for solar, wind and pedal power in the fields. Learn more about how Glastonbury is going greener in the full update.
Earlier this month, Arcadia announced, for the first time, that it would run entirely on recycled biofuels, such as cooking oil and potato chip grease.
Bertie Cole, co-founder of Arcadia, explained the initiative in a recent interview: With the current infrastructure of the festival, it was clear that one of the most efficient ways to do it was to use waste fuel to power all that machinery.
“But until recently, many of the biofuels that were available, such as palm oils etc., did not have any basic components, which we do not want to encourage the use of, but now we can put our name to proud of them.”
This increasingly eco-friendly approach was also seen last year when Festival Republic – Reading & Leeds music promoter Latitude and others – partnered with Music Declares Emergency in a bid to bring renewable energy to the festival venues SAY.
The aim of the project was to boost the connection to the electricity grid for festivals across the country and to start the transition of the UK outdoor entertainment industry to the electricity grid. Ultimately, it will reduce the sector’s carbon emissions relative to temporary power generation.
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