Rock Werchter, the rock festival in Belgium, has revealed several sustainability initiatives in place for the 2019 event.
The organiser of the festival has been trying to reduce environmentally unfriendly practices by recycling waste, replacing fossil fuel with green energy, diminishing the festival’s carbon footprint and introducing wastewater treatment onsite with sustainable sanitary facilities. Last year, the organising team also focused on cutting down plastic consumption and keeping the festival park green by providing a plastic straw-free zone and giving away a free drink to the festival goers who were able to collect 20 plastic cups/bottles.
Rock Werchter, taking place June 27-June 30, also encourages attendees to adopt a more environmentally friendly approach with the campaign “Werchter Rocks Greener With You”. In order to promote sustainable travelling, the festival provides free train tickets and shuttle buses and encourages the use of bicycles and carpools to reduce the festival goers’ reliance on cars.
Rock Werchter’s plan has proved to be successful – compared to 2014, fuel consumption has significantly decreased, reaching an average of 0.26 litres usage of diesel (per festivalgoer per day), while a study has shown that similar European festivals consume 0.38 litres of diesel (per festivalgoer per day).
This year’s initiative focuses on raising awareness of environmentally friendly practises that can be implemented by both festival staff and attendees in order to make the festival even greener than last year.