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Green Nation initiative to cut emissions and waste

25 June 2019

LIVE NATION Entertainment (LNE) and UK subsidiaries including Festival Republic have signed-up to a sustainability charter, which aims to cut greenhouse emissions by 50 per cent by 2030.

The initiative also includes ending the sale of single-use plastics at its venues and festivals by 2021.

Under the banner Green Nation, the charter outlining these goals also promises to reduce or eliminate the use of fossil fuels and source renewable energy for its offices, festivals and venues, zero waste to landfill and transparent monitoring. 

The Green Nation board includes Festival Republic MD Melvin Benn, Live Nation Venues – US Concerts president Tom See and US-based Lollapalooza festival brand co-founder Charlie Walker of C3 Presents.

In the UK, Festival Republic which runs Download (cap. 110,000), Reading (90,000), Leeds (80,000)  and Latitude (40,000), has introduced its own version of the charter and signed festival environment pledge Vision:2025 (see Festival News on pages  24-25). 

LNE venues include Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena (7,500), Manchester’s O2 Apollo (3,500) and Southampton’s O2 Guildhall (1,750), and it effectively controls venue chain Academy Music Group.

In Scotland, LNE subsidiary DF Concerts has introduced a cup deposit scheme at its TRNSMT festival (50,000). Visitors are encouraged to collect and recycle paper beer cups. It is also introducing compostable plates and banning the sale of single-use plastic bottles. Similar measures will be implemented at DF-owned King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (300) in Glasgow and the city’s Summer Sessions (35,000) series
of concerts.

“We’ve been working on the GreenNation initiative for a long time and already put measures in place behind the scenes,” says DF CEO Geoff Ellis. “This year’s TRNSMT will be the first large scale opportunity to implement some key policies.”

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