Primavera Sound renews alliance with the UN SDG Action Campaign and adopts new measures for a greener festival
● The 2022 edition will be a pioneering one with a stage powered by renewable energy provided by batteries
● The agreement with TRAM Barcelona and the extension of the bicycle parking will facilitate the use of public and sustainable means of transport, while the carbon footprint will continue to be offset through various projects
● In line with another of the 17 objectives of the Campaign, Primavera Sound continues with its commitment to parity with gender-balanced line-ups in its Latin American and Los Angeles editions
With the aim of making sure that the footprint left by the festival in the Parc del Fòrum and in the whole of Barcelona is solely and exclusively musical, Primavera Sound continues to work to promote an event that is more and more responsible with its environment in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
If after the 2019 edition, the last one held to date, Primavera Sound received the certification “highly recommended” in the A Greener Festival Awards, the twentieth anniversary will be celebrated from the 1st to the 12th of June with a greater environmental commitment: the number of artists, the hours of music and also the measures in favour of a festival with even greater ecological awareness have been multiplied, reinforced by the renewed alliance with the UN SDG Action Campaign, which will also reach the three Latin American editions of Primavera Sound.
This action is part of the response of Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Porto, Los Angeles and in its three Latin American editions to the call of the United Nations to organisations and collaborators from all over the world to join the #FlipTheScript campaign, to flip apathy into action, and show that change is possible.
For these 17 goals to become a reality, governments, the private sector and civil society are working together on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development action plan. For its part, Primavera Sound has been developing actions for years that are framed, first independently and since 2019 as official allies of the campaign, within these goals that range from gender equality to education, respect for the environment and sustainable consumption and production.
Once the success of the implementation of the reusable cup had been proven, which in the 2019 edition allowed for the recovery of more than three tonnes of cups and which in 2022 will commemorate all the line-ups in the history of the festival in collaboration with Estrella Damm, new steps will be taken to achieve a plastic-free Primavera Sound. To this end, all single-use plastic containers will be eliminated (including PET water bottles) and the use of compostable tableware will be imposed in the restaurant areas, which will also offer a wide range of vegan and proximity cuisine that will reduce the environmental impact. Because, when it comes to refuelling during the festival, the what is as important as the how.
There will be a total of seven intense days (the two weekends plus the closing party Brunch — On The Beach) in the Parc del Fòrum, a site where the festivalgoers will be able to return to after three years by public transport thanks to the facilities provided by the agreement with TRAM Barcelona, which will keep the T4 tram line running non-stop during the festival, or by sustainable means of transport thanks to the extension of the bicycle parking. In addition, Primavera Sound will continue to compensate the carbon footprint generated thanks to various projects such as the voluntary programme of emissions compensation of the Generalitat, which will accompany the festival for another year in the process of neutralisation.
Once there, you will be able to discover the innovations that will make the headquarters of Primavera Sound a greener space: from the use of reusable materials in infrastructures to the installation of 70% of high efficiency toilets, the on-site fleet of electric vehicles for the organisation and the installation of photovoltaic panels that will supply energy to some areas such as the official merchandising shop. As the main novelty, this will also be the first edition to have a stage powered by sustainable and renewable energy. The project, which will replace generators with batteries, aims to add more stages every year.
With these commitments and measures, together with the objective of gender equality, which also forms part of the UN SDG Action Campaign and to which the festival continues to adhere with its gender-balanced line-ups, Primavera Sound will celebrate its twentieth anniversary. A greener, more sustainable and more ecologically and socially conscious festival is possible: thank you for continuing to collaborate to make it happen.