Edinburgh is beautiful and we want to keep it that way! Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is committed to ensuring that the events we produce have a minimum impact on the environment and a lasting, positive impression on our audiences.
Our Festival Green Champions work closely with our staff, artists and suppliers to realise the ambitions set out within our environmental policy. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint by minimising and recycling waste generated, reducing energy and water consumption and promoting sustainable methods of travel whilst creating our events. We work closely with Festivals Edinburgh and Creative Carbon Scotland in conjunction with Edinburgh’s 12 major festivals to learn and share experiences and have been a proud member of the Green Arts Initiative since 2013.
The following aims detail our long-term strategic commitment to our environmental policy. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay aims to;
- raise awareness on the importance of environmental practices within our Festival organisation and encourage participation from our partners and audiences to reach our environmental goals and embed environmental practice into the events industry;
- engender a culture of best practice within the events and festival industry by informing and raising the standards of all our suppliers and contractors;
- encourage our artists and performers to engage in the festival in an environmentally astute way;
- effectively manage and reduce the use of all resources including energy, materials and utilities to reduce the impacts from carbon emissions and prevent our waste from reaching landfill sites;
- comply with all relevant legislation including Zero Waste Scotland and follow good practice standards and advice from industry experts;
- to encourage all attendees to act responsibly by choosing more sustainable forms of transport, recycling waste and reducing fossil fuel use;
- to record and assess the impacts of current and future operations.
To assist us in achieving our goals, we;
- attend the Festivals Edinburgh Sustainability Working Group to share our successes and keep up to date with best practice and legislation changes;
- utilise recycled or FSC accredited paper* for all print, and advertise this fact within the material itself;
- maximise the use of social media applications, websites and other online services to minimise the use of printed materials;
- work closely with suppliers, contractors and crew to encourage walking and cycling to work, car sharing (if it is necessary to drive), and where possible encourage train over air travel;
- provide recycling facilities wherever possible on our sites and in our venues and work with accredited waste contractors to dispose of and recycle waste responsibly;
- reuse any site materials which can be stored in our premises for next time;
- collate our waste, energy and travel data and aggregate this data to generate a carbon profile report to analyse existing and new measures to improve our work.
What can you do to help?
We’re busy behind the scenes doing as much as we can to realise our ambitions, but we need your help us to make our festival greener and cleaner, so here’s some things you can do before, during and after our events;
Travelling to our events
- if you don’t live in Edinburgh consider the most sustainable way to travel here and back home. If air travel is your most suitable option, please consider your route carefully by booking direct flights where possible. Visit Skyscanner for more information on flights to and from Edinburgh which gives you the option to search for direct routes.
- make use of public transport when possible (you can visit Lothian Buses, Edinburgh Trams, or First Edinburgh, Scotrail, Citilink among others);
- if you have to travel in a vehicle, please consider car share schemes, such as LiftShare or Tripshare. You can also now hire Eco Cars from our event sponsor Arnold Clark Car and Van Rental.
- walk to and from the events when possible. Most of our events take place in the heart of the city and are easier and quicker to reach by foot! Walkit Edinburgh is a great resource for planning your journey to a venue, displays the route, time it will take you and the CO2 you will save.
- when travelling around the City, try cycling. You can plan your journey at Cyclestreets and find out about parking stands in Edinburgh by visiting http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20087/cycling_and_walking/1477/bike_security_parking_and_storage
Staying in Edinburgh
- when considering where to stay in Edinburgh, research which accommodation providers have committed to reducing their environmental impact through the Green Tourism Business Scheme;
- dispose of your waste responsibly by using the recycling systems in place. If you can’t find a recycling system near you, take it home and recycle it if you can and keep Edinburgh tidy
- recycle any Festival brochures or leaflets when you are finished with them.
- Reuse cups at the bars and food outlets as many times as you can
- visit our website, or sign up to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for event updates so we can reduce the amount of print material we produce
- tell all your friends about the importance of helping us with all of this to reduce the impact Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has on the environment.
If you have any other ideas on how to make Edinburgh’s Hogmanay greener, please feel free to share them using #blogmanay!
*FSC Sets forest management standards for the UK. Products made with wood and paper from FSC forests are marked with our ‘tick tree’ logo. When you see this logo, you can be confident that the product won’t be harming the world’s forests. FSC Recycled paper means that a minimum of 85% of the wood fibre content is from post-consumer sources, with a maximum of 15% coming from post-industrial sources.