This weekend, A Greener Festival, a non-profit organisation that helps music events become more sustainable and reduce their environmental impact, handed out their yearly awards. Paradise City Festival was awarded four stars (the highest possible rating) for the second time in a row, making it the greenest music festival in Belgium and amongst the greenest festivals in the world. This goal was achieved by optimising a 10-step plan to reduce CO2 emissions throughout the festival organisation. In 2021, CO2 emissions per visitor were reduced by no less than 16% (compared to the previous edition). Given the larger capacity, this is an excellent result. More details about the CO2 report of Paradise City 2021 can be found here.
Some encouraging words from A Greener Festival: “Paradise City have taken huge strides and shown an outstanding drive for a greener festival. The team have shown a clear determination to continue to break ground going forwards, maintaining this in the face of a pandemic!”
Our team works tirelessly to reduce its ecological footprint every year. The crowning of those efforts by an independent and internationally recognised NGO is the icing on the cake. Despite the great results so far, the ambitions for a more environmentally friendly event are higher than ever. Necessary emissions are compensated after the event through a partnership with an NGO. Research by CO2 Logic showed that visitor transport still accounts for the largest share of the festival’s CO2 emissions. That is why special night trains will be deployed after curfew to Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent for the first time. A free shuttle service will transport visitors between the festival site and Vilvoorde station.