About the Environmental Handbook

When hosting festivals, the cultural or artistic expression is often the main focal point, be it a festival concerned with music, film, literature – or even sports. But regardless of the nature of the festival, the event must be planned to the smallest detail: there is booking to be done, marketing to be taken care of, and last, but not least, one must ensure the safety of the audience. And in the midst of all this, one must not forget to protect the nature, culture and local area surrounding the festival!This is not a textbook on how to host a festival, but rather a book on how to organise the environmental work within a large event, with suggestions for concrete measures that can be taken. Here you will find tips and advice on everything from waste handling and the use of energy to making lists of suppliers of environmentally sound products and services.

We have chosen to use the term ”event” in order to reach as wide an audience as possible, because even though many of the examples in the book are taken from music festivals, this book can be used as an environmental guide for all kinds of events.

Why make an environmental effort?

  • Because it will help ensure that coming generations also will be able to enjoy a clean environment.
  • Because an increasing number of both companies and private individuals are becoming environmentally conscious and want to seek out environmentally sound alternatives.
  • Because a systematically carried out environmental effort will provide you with an overview of both resource spending and added value in your own organisation.
  • Because it will save you money!
  • Because an event that takes its environmental work seriously will make a credible impression – both on the audience, artists, employees and sponsors.

Traditionally, festivals and other large events have not been viewed as great ”polluters”, but now the focus has shifted from simply preventing industrial spills to turning the pattern of consumption in a more sustainable direction. It is therefore only natural that everyone becomes aware of their environmental responsibility as individuals.

Briefly on the background for this book:

The Øya Festival, as the originator of the project, has been the pilot enterprise in the compilation of this book. Most of the examples are therefore taken from Öya’s environmental work. The Öya Festival wanted to build a strong reputation as one of the most environmentally sound festivals in Norway and give its visitors the opportunity to act in an environmentally conscious manner.

In 2004, we released the first edition of the Environmental Handbook, and this is currently the second edition. We have become increasingly aware that our emissions cause great climate change. In this edition of the handbook, we have therefore focused more on measures to reduce your own carbon gas emissions.

The Øya Festival is first and foremost about lots of good music and a unique atmosphere. In 2001, the festival moved from Kalvøya in Bærum to Middelalderparken (the medieval park) in Oslo. In 2014 it moved to the urban park Tøyenparken.

Their organisation as of 2017 consists of 10 full-time employees, 200 key personnel, and about 3000 volunteers. The festival wishes to contribute with a conscious environmental profile from the hammering of the first nail, to the recycling of the last plastic cup. The idea is that environmental awareness colours the entire organization. The goal is to continue being a national and international spearhead as environmentally friendly festival organizer.