Paradise City supports the "Saving Trees in Uganda" climate project - Paradise City 2018

Paradise City supports the “Saving Trees in Uganda” climate project

We claim to be a Green Festival, but that doesn’t mean we do not pollute. A large event like ours will have an impact on the environment: each year we build a small city on the castle domain of Ribaucourt in Perk, and that means that a lot of suppliers come and deliver materials with large trucks to build the festival, that many visitors come to the Paradise City and that some artists come by plane. With this in mind it would be better not to organise a festival. Of course, that would be a shame!

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As a green festival, Paradise City wants to set an example. We truly believe that we need to act now. That’s why we take the environmental impact of our activities very seriously. We work with CO2logic, a climate and energy consultancy service, to reduce and offset our inevitable CO2 emissions. With CO2logic, we take a proactive approach towards our responsibilities in order to minimise our impact on our planet. And through our continuous efforts, we strive to be as ecologically responsible as we possibly can.

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Since 2015, when we organised our first edition, CO2logic has been calculating the CO2 emissions produced by our festival and the visitors. They collect data about how suppliers and artists come to our festivals, how visitors commute and how much fuel is generated and consumed at the festival. Each year we reduce the CO2 emissions per visitor thanks to these analyses and understandings of where we need to improve.  Hence, we are compensating our inevitable impact thanks to the “Saving Trees in Uganda” climate project, which allows us to proudly own a CO2-Neutral Festival label.

This project aims to save trees by reducing deforestation in Uganda, while improving the local population’s living conditions. 95% of Uganda’s population lives off wood and charcoal to cook their daily meals. Ugandan people are unconsciously cutting down their forests, leading to a rise of greenhouse gas emissions in their country, and putting their natural resources at risk. They spend 15% of their income on cooking fuel. Dangerous smoke from biomass fuels used to cook can severely harm people’s health, especially since women spend between 3 to 7 hours a day in the kitchen.

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Therefore “Saving Trees in Uganda” aims to distribute sustainable cooking stoves. An improved stove can reduce 40% of wood and charcoal consumption compared to other cooking methods and is much healthier for the households in Uganda.

In 2017 Paradise City created 467 tCO2e of pollution, which we offset with a financial participation of  3.736 EUR to this project. This budget is used to develop 334 efficient woodstoves and changing the lives of the same number of African families.

Together, we can bring a real socio-economic value to the people of Uganda and contribute to sustainable developments goals.

More info: https://www.co2logic.com
About “Saving Trees Project”: http://www.savingtrees.org

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