11 Aug 2018

DGTL Barcelona, Spain’s Most Sustainable Festival

In its four years of existence, DGTL Barcelona never stopped researching and implementing innovative measures to progressively reduce emissions, paving the way to become the first waste-free festival in 2020.

Following the path to circularity, the 2018 edition of DGTL Barcelona presented two more milestones: 100% usage of grid energy and a Material Flow Analysis (MFA) that is currently on the making. 

For a big outdoor festival, relying only on grid energy is a breakthrough feat: to meet energy demands, most festivals use a series of power generators (oftentimes backed-up by other generators) to feed their supply. However, after years of carefuly measuring and lowering our energy consumption, we can now say we are the first festival in Spain to take all its power from the city's grid itself. 

We are also working on a Material Flow Analysis, which will give us a clearer picture on all the material that enters and exits the festival cycle and the impact it has on our environment. This will help us greatly to further optimise our resources and close the waste-gap.    

Last year, we were awarded by BIME’s Premios Fest for being Spain’s Most Sustainable Festival. Premios Fest are the only awards in Spain given to music festivals, bringing together festival promoters, brands and other professionals. The 2017 edition gathered 8,500 people and 154 festivals.

During the award ceremony, DGTL's co-director Tom Veldhuis collected the award and gave a short speech: "It is an honor for DGTL to receive Spain’s Most Sustainable Festival award. It is an appreciation of the efforts of our team and a strong motivation to become the world’s first waste-free and emissions-free festival. We would like to thank all those who make it possible: partners, suppliers, sponsors, artists and, especially, the audience for contributing to our shared goals and believing in the ideals the festival promotes.”

The 3rd edition of DGTL Barcelona featured new initiatives such as urine recycling and several ludic actions aimed at raising awareness among the audience. For this year's edition, we raised awareness on the global plastic pollution problem by emplacing waste sculptures done by design students and local studio Collec. The material used for these sculptures was gathered during the beach clean-up event we held in June. The festival also removed meat from menus to help reduce CO2 emissions and launched numerous campaigns for waste collection and the use of recyclable cups.

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