Our Climate Work

Department Festival succeeded in 2019 to be the first festival in the world to extensively measure climate impact. Together with ZeroMission a comprehensive approach was taken to reduce the festival's climate footprint. The work has continued now with the latest festival, 4-5th of June 2022, and the report that we now can publish.

Since the start of 2017, the Department Festival has worked on ways to minimize its environmental impact, and together with ZeroMission, the work was started to enable the festival to analyze and overcompensate for all the climate emissions caused by the festival and its visitors.

The festival's visitors took to the environmental effort and more than halved the festival's estimated emissions by making wise eco-friendly trips to the festival. In fact, visitors' involvement and decisions contributed to almost 70% lower emissions than expected. This year, 2022, it was even more obvious that with more local attendance we saw even fewer emissions due to local transport to and from the festival area, it did not change, however, the single biggest climate impact on a festival is the visitors' trips to and from the festival.

The Department Festival hopes that this initiative will inspire other festivals and organisers to start and review their activities and their climate footprint. All festivals and music events have different conditions, but the comprehensive climate analysis shows that it is the visitors' journeys that account for the single greatest climate impact and that the Department has thus put a great deal of effort to make people consider how the travel to and from the festival site.
The climate analysis has been carried out in accordance with the ISO 14067 standard and provides valuable guidance on where and how efforts should be directed to further minimise Department's climate impact for upcoming festivals. 
To ensure the process, the Department Festival and ZeroMission have followed the ISO 14067: 2018 standards for conducting the climate analysis and PAS 2060: 2014 to comply with the requirements for climate-neutral events. Subsequently, the Department Festival's climate footprint has been climate compensated with 100% of caused emissions and an additional 25% in order to over-compensate in order to become climate-neutral.

By 2022, Department has offset all emissions arising from the festival, including 25 % extra. The offsetting has been conducted through the purchase of carbon credits from the Plan Vivo certified project Blue Vanga, Kenya. The project is a REDD+ generating Ex Post credits.

The standard under which the project is validated requires a demonstration that the offsets generated are genuine and additional. The validations also ensure that the project meets the criteria of permanence, leakage, and double counting.

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