Shambala Leads the Way with Four Star Creative Green Cert

Congratulations to Shambala Festival, the first organisation to go through the new Creative Green assessment process who have managed to get four stars for their 2015 festival.

This four day summertime camping festival in a greenfield site in Northamptonshire with over 13,000 festival goers reduced total energy emissions by 58% from 2009 (their baseline reporting year) and a further 73% reduction on energy emissions per audience day.

How They Did It


Staff engagement with talks and participation in Bristol Green Week; compelling green messaging in line with the festival brand through website, Festival Almanac and social media; suppliers required to share environmental policy and adhere to environmental standards; audience engagement through competitions for car sharing and artistic interventions; environmental programming during the festival; and knowledge exchange with other festival organisers through Power Thinking and ADE.


Energy and waste contractors provide post-event impact reports; artists and contractors use online travel calculator; green trader assessment on-site of sustainability actions; and strong relationship with energy contractor to manage power generation.


Avoided 43 tonnes of carbon emissions using biodiesel; 35% of waste recycled and composted; and 6% reduction in audience travel through various travel initiatives including: coach provision and biodiesel shuttle bus. In energy, waste and water Shambala were below the sector averages.

Why Shambala Does Creative Green?

Chris Johnson, Festival Founder, says of Creative Green, “It has been the backbone to our continuous improvement as it provides the data and facts for making comparisons between years, judging the success of new measures, and thus guides decision-making. The new assessment is detailed and user friendly and gives us a robust basis to communicate with all stakeholders about our environmental performance. It's well worth the modest fee in our view.


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