ECO Partner of Electric Castle

The ECO Program of Electric Castle is designed and implemented by MAINOI Association since 2014. In 2015, our sustainability program won the runner-up position in the EE Music Star Festival in Europe category at the EE Music Awards in Barcelona. In 2016, we’ve been shortlisted for the Green Operations Award among the greenest festivals in Europe, the Oscars of the eco programs in the music industry.

Check out the 2016 after-movie:

The programme consisted of two physical ECO Points:

  1. ECO POINT in the festival’s area, where festival participants could get involved in the ECO Challenge contest, performing eco actions to win an electric bike and other prizes.
  2. ECO Cinema & Lounge in the camping area, which showcased awards-winning green short and long movies, inspiring campaign videos and interviews, artistic music videos and eye-opening documentaries, with highlights such  as COLDCUT’s “Energy Union” Movie, “Human” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and”Nature Is Speaking” series by Conservation International.
  3. Music Drives Change – awareness campaign informing artists, through an infographic on sustainability in the music industry, about the impact of their activities on the environment and how they can reduce their carbon footprint through greener solutions integrated in their musical endeavours.

 

In brief, the results of the 2016 ECO Challenge include:

– 30 eco-ambassadors which pedalled 16754 km, in total, to reach the Banffy Castle, in Transylvania, by bicycle. International Eco Ambassadors from Netherlands, London, Copenhagen, Vienna and cyclists from all over Romania joined the initiative, supporting their own causes through this trip.

– 2258 festival participants came onboard in the ECO Challenge contest and learned about how they to reduce daily carbon footprint by performing at least three actions from the ECO Challenge’s categories of actions (transportation, water, energy, social, waste).

– 2141 persons pedalled on the bikes installation, powered by MemoPlus, generating 15,7 kw.  The produced energy supplied 75% of the electricity needed for the functioning of the ECO Point in the festival and was used for charging 325 mobile phones.

– 91% (50 tons) of the waste generated at the festival was selectively collected, out of which 38 tons were recovered in view of being recycled

– 60 hours of documentaries, video-reportage, animations,short and long movies on ecological themes were played at the ECO Cinema in the camping site.

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In 2014, we designed EC0 – Electric Castle Zero Carbon Footprint – project which is the festival’s long term commitment to environmental protection. We aimed to green the most influential electronic music festival in Romania and we promote a conscious way of living to the 97 000 festival’s young attendants. In 2014 we ran the pilot-program named Stronger.Bigger.Better.Greener, whose positive outcomes led to the 2015’s program “We are the people who green the world”, which is our next step towards raising awareness about the importance of fighting climate change through music and sustainable events organising.

The key highlights of the Eco-awareness & CO2 Footprint Reduction Program at EC 2015:

  • 2 Eco Spots, active for 24 h in the festival area & for 12 h in the camping, with more than 5 000 persons traffic/day
  • 7.5 tons of packaging waste collected selectively, out of which 1240 kg paper, 1260 kg plastic, 2500 kg metal, 2640 kg glass
  • 12 ECO-Ambassadors rode their bicycles to the castle from more than 250 km (total 5421 km)
  • 9 artists endorsers for the Music Drives Change video campaign, joined our eco calls-to-action: Rudimental, Asian Dub Foundation, Cat Empire, The Glitch Mob, A-Skillz & Krafty Kutz, Dub Pistols, The Subways, Mara, Subcarpați
  • 700 WH were produced by participants who pedalled on the Interactive Pedal Power bicycle system
  • 1000 participants in the ” Battle of the Pedals” competition between two people on the dynamo bicycles – won the one who generated more power the fastest
  • 507 festival participants played the ECO-Game, which rewarded the eco-friendly ones, active through alternative transportation, energy efficiency and waste reduction, with a Giant bicycle, a EC2016 full pass and three official T-shirts
  • A carbon footprint average of 8.2 tons per EC participant, based on the carbon footprint calculator overall results
  • 10 000 waste bags and 10 000 wipes spread in the camping

 

More about the ECO program in 2015:

Report: ECO at Electric Castle Festival 2015

About ELECTRIC CASTLE Festival:

ELECTRIC CASTLE is the most important music festival in Romania and the first Romanian festival that took electronic dance music and live concert sounds to a castle’s domain. On its first two editions, the festival was shortlisted for the Best Medium Sized Festival category at Festival Awards. Held on the domain of the Bánffy Castle, Bonțida, the festival wants to be more than a concert extension and tries to offer a full experience to the participants by creating a mix between the unique location, filled with beauty and history, all day round urban activities (like extreme sports, audio-video production workshops) and a large variety of electronic music. By running fun, green activities and making it easier for festival goers to make greener choices we want everyone to have a sustainable experience at the festival.