Live music can move towards decarbonization in areas such as indoor and outdoor electricity, as well as in land and air transportation
On the way to decarbonization, all industries play an important role in the emission reduction in their own areas, including the live music and concert industry.
According to a study and roadmap prepared by the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research in the UK and commissioned by the band Massive AttackIf the sector does not meet environmental objectives, it could be affected by measures to address the problem, such as changes in subsidies and fuel regulations.
“Being reactive rather than proactive across the industry can particularly affect smaller venues and festivals if politics, consumer demand or industry standards change rapidly,” the study noted.
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Likewise, research focused on the Musical ambient from the United Kingdom, he pointed out that the areas where a reduction in emissions can be sought are in the use of energy in buildings and at festivals; air and land transportation; the transportation of the assistants; as well as non-energy consumables.
In the same way, it indicated that in addition to the objectives related to energy and transport, Emissions that have to do with waste, transportation and refrigerants should be reviewed.
“The strategies of minimization and elimination of waste in food; single-use plastics; Scenario and equipment design will reduce lifetime emissions from production to disposal, ”he said.
What can be done in energy?
Based on the findings and recommendations of the roadmap, organizations can help to reduce emissions in buildings by minimizing the maximum and general use of electricity in devices such as lighting, sound and refrigeration; this through measures related to energy efficiency.
Also, another option is to use distributed generation photovoltaic at the time of a concert or electricity; a shift to energy rates that directly support renewable energy projects; switch to low carbon options as a heat pump solution for heating; avoid instruments that use natural gas and oil during caterings.
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For their part, outdoor concerts use generators diesel electricity; These are a high carbon energy source. Its direct CO2 emissions are estimated to be between 1,220 gCO2 / KWh and 1,940 kgCO2 / KWh, depending on efficiency and load. In addition, large amounts of diesel are also wasted as a result of oversizing; and operation of the generators for the maximum load throughout the event.
Although festivals are only a few weeks of intensive activity at one site, combining all the festivals creates a large amount of diesel fuel. One way to deal with this problem is connect to the festivals direct to the network; but due to their locations it could be complicated, so new solutions must be considered in terms of supply.
“Outdoor events, such as festivals, must set a deadline to phase out the use of diesel generators by 2025; and seek at least to match the current carbon intensity of the UK power grid in the future, ”the document proposes.
In this sense, it recommended that an independent body monitor the progress of the sector against the measurable objectives; in order to accelerate actions to combat Climate Change.
“From our discussions with a variety of stakeholders, it is clear that the creativity that can be unleashed to reduce emissions is one of the most important assets in the sector,” he said.
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