Glastonbury Festival To Be Powered By 100% Renewable Energy
Glastonbury Festival

As the Glastonbury Festival gets underway this June, its organisers claim that the event will be powered entirely by renewable and sustainable energy sources. Among the eco-friendly initiatives is the use of palm-oil free hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) to power all of the generators on the site, the BBC reports

HVO is a fossil-free paraffinic diesel, which means that it can be used as a direct substitute for diesel fuel without any modification to the fuel system. Manufacturers claim that HVO reduces CO2 emissions by up to 90%, and also substantially reduces the emissions of other harmful chemicals including nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide. 

HVO is made by hydrotreating vegetable oils that are produced from sustainable crop sources. It can also be derived from used cooking oils, redissue animal fats from food processing, and non-food grade crops. HVO fuel that is derived solely from waste products is considered to be the most environmentally friendly option. 

The Glastonbury Festival was an early adopter of renewable energy, with solar, wind and pedal power being used to run the Green Fields since 1984. By 2010, the festival site  boasted the largest privately owned solar power station in the UK, making use of the cowshed roofs to position enough panels to power 40 homes. 

A spokesperson said: “All production areas will either be powered by electricity from lower impact, fossil fuel-free sources or will run on solar PV and battery hybrid systems.”

“All generators across the festival site – including those that power the Pyramid Stage – will run on sustainable, renewable palm oil-free HVO fuel, made from waste cooking oil, helping to reduce lifecycle CO2e emissions by up to 90 percent. Arcadia’s giant fire-breathing spider will also run entirely off recycled biofuels.”

“A temporary new wind turbine in Williams Green will provide clean sustainable power to some market stalls, while clean energy from the Festival’s own solar PV array and anaerobic biogas plant, provide energy for the Farm and Festival offices.”

“Sustainability has always been at the heart of Glastonbury Festival. Our Green Fields have run on solar, wind and pedal power since 1984, setting a fossil-fuel free standard we’ve always aspired towards implementing across the Festival.”

“Since then we have been drawing on technological innovation to help reduce our use of fossil fuels and strive towards creating a Festival that is as sustainable as possible.”

The festival has its own on-site recycling facility, and the organisers aim to send as little waste to landfill as possible. For the last four years, single use plastic has been banned from the site. In addition, this year festival-goers have been asked not to bring disposable vapes with them to the site.

Besides the health risks that they represent to children, disposable vapes are often not recycled properly and are a common cause of fires in bin lorries. The lithium batteries are difficult to separate from the plastic casing, and can burst into flames when they come into contact with crushing equipment. 

It is estimated that over 1.3m single-use vapes are thrown away in general waste each year, causing damage to recycling facilities and increasing insurance premiums. 

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