With event organisers keen to reduce the environmental impact of events, energy consumption has become a priority area of concern. The use of alternative fuels, including biofuels, is increasing due to better price competitiveness, availability, and the ease of some fuel types being ‘drop-in’ solutions. 

To avoid unintended environmental consequences, it is imperative that event organisers undertake due diligence around the procurement of biofuels. Current regulatory frameworks continue to be criticised as they do not sufficiently address issues such as land use change/deforestation and displacement of food production depending on where biofuels are sourced from. 

This guidance pulls together: basic background information about the types of biofuels available on the market, their  environmental impacts and pros and cons, advice on sourcing biofuels responsibly, and key biofuel suppliers in the UK and EU. In particular, it provides a set of questions event organisers can ask their biofuel supplier, including specific questions for palm oil based fuels to support organisers in undertaking due diligence.

The research was prompted by promoter Festival Republic demonstrating business environmental leadership in asking for appropriate due diligence from biofuel suppliers and plantation level monitoring of biofuel provenance. It was written by Julie's Bicycle in close collaboration with members of the Powerful Thinking steering group: Vikki Chapman (Festival Republic), Chris Johnson (Kambe Events, Shambala Festival), Tim Benson (Smart Power, ZAP Concepts); as well as Leo Bottrill (MapHubs) and Jonathan Anderson (Ennismore Consultants). 

Download the Biofuels Guidance 2018

For more advice and guidance on energy management for festivals, in particular how to build understanding and reduce energy use, visit Powerful Thinking
Further resources:

Read the article on Power Matters in Stand Out magazine's 2018 summer edition, featuring Julie's Bicycle alongside Smart Power, Hope Solutions, and others (from p.36).