Green Deal Circular Festivals: striving for a circular and climate neutral festival industry

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The Green Deal Circular Festivals (GDCF) is a project run by the Dutch government and a growing community of European frontrunner festivals, who have pulled together to speed up the transition towards circular and climate neutral festivals. It is facilitated by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.

So far, 49 festival organisations from 17 countries have signed this international Green Deal, and the community of front runners is growing. The GDCF stands for a future-proof and circular festival industry. By signing the GDCF, participating festival organisers have committed to strive for circularity and climate neutrality, to inspire visitors and set an example for other festivals.

Festivals can play a guiding role in inspiring a green movement and accelerate society’s transition. The GDCF is a model for regions, cities and other sectors in the circular and climate transition, striving for fully circular and climate-neutral festivals.

Together, the GDCF partners have shaped a model for circular and climate-neutral festivals to clearly define just what a circular and climate-neutral festival is. Inspired by this model, the GDCF festivals establish their own priorities and plan how to become circular and climate neutral. Therefore, participating festivals develop their own roadmaps towards circularity and climate neutrality and use the GDCF Monitor to measure their progress. Together, they develop solutions to emerging challenges, by launching pilot schemes and sharing knowledge and tools which are vital for the sustainable transition of the sector.

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The GDCF's objectives:

  1. Model for a circular & climate-neutral festival: a joint future outlook for the sector
  2. Help festivals develop their own roadmaps / sustainability plans
  3. Online monitoring tool where festivals can measure their impact
  4. Sharing good practices and lessons: a dynamic toolbox
  5. Support collaboration to innovate, break barriers and scale up
  6. Involve visitors in order to inspire them
  7. Connect with other events, sectors, regions and cities.