Our Climate Work

Department Festival succeeded in 2019 to be the first festival in the world to become climate positive. Together with ZeroMission a comprehensive approach was taken to reduce the festival's climate footprint.

Since the start of 2017, the Department Festival has worked with ways to minimize its environmental impact and together with ZeroMission, the work was started to enable the festival to become climate positive by analyzing and overcompensating 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. It did not change, however, that the single biggest climate impact for 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 for where and how efforts should be directed to further minimize Department’s climate impact for upcoming festivals. The analysis also provides a solid basis for standing in the statement on climate positive.

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 positive.
Climate compensation is implemented in the Durian Rambun project, located on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. The project is a REDD + project (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) certified by the organization Plan Vivo.

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MEASURE - We take the help of experts to measure exactly how much greenhouse gases we release and that means we have to report everything along the whole process. 

REDUCE - Just measuring and compensating is not enough. To be able to call something climate positive, one must actively work to reduce emissions. Examples of this are that we only sell vegan food on the festival site or added a Department party in Copenhagen, to reduce the need for travelling to the Stockholm event.

COMPENSATE 125% - We invest in rainforest project that absorb and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow and stops deforestation. We make sure to absorb as much carbon dioxide that we emitted plus twenty five percent extra so that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is reduced. 



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