by / October 22nd, 2008 /

Electric Picnic receives Environmental Award

Electric Picnic is a recipient of the Greener Festival International Award this week. An independent award, a Greener Festival recognizes environmentally-friendly music festivals. Electric Picnic is the only Irish Festival to receive the award this year.

‘This year we worked in partnership with Cultivate, Body and Soul, Edenbee, carbon offsetting partners EmissionZero and BYE to establish a -Sustainability Team’ to create conditions to make it possible to reduce Electric Picnic’s impact on the environment. We are delighted that our efforts have been recognized by A Greener Festival.’ John Reynolds POD Concerts

Initiatives at this years’ festival included the launch of the first dedicated carpooling service by Electric Picnic and Carpool.ie to help reduce road congestion and carbon dioxide emissions; more -Bin Your Empties’ teams were on site to encourage people to be more conscientious about their litter and to help make it easy for them to recycle; an increased number of Recycling Stations for paper, glass and aluminum were also available on site to make recycling easily accessible for all attendees and workers.

There was also a number of solar powered cafés on site this year as well as the return of the reusable Eco Cup. In the Body and Soul Area compost toilets were introduced and Traders, as always, were requested to use biodegradable and recyclable products only.

Full list of recipients Greener Festival International Award are:

The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (USA) (outstanding award)
Rothbury Festival (USA) (outstanding award)
Bluesfest – Eastcoast Blues & Roots Festival (Australia) (highly commended)
The Falls Festival (Australia)
West Coast Blues n Roots Festival (Australia)
Southbound (Australia)
Electric Picnic (Eire)