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Read up on all the essential info for Download Festival 2020 covering everything from tickets to travel and much more!

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Climate change requires urgent action – we can no longer ignore the damaging effects we’re contributing to our planet! The recent IPCC Report on Global Warming highlights the risks and irreversible losses that would take place at 2 degrees or more warming. At a warming of 2 degrees virtually all coral reefs will be lost, sea levels will rise effecting low level coastal regions and huge numbers of animals and plants will become extinct, we will exhaust our natural resources and will need 1.7 Earths to keep up with our current demand of consumption.

However instead of worrying about the future, we can start making it better if we work together!

Since 2016 Download has participated in Creative Green Certification. This is an external assessment by Julie’s Bicycle– a charity who support the creative industries to act on climate change – to measure our understanding, commitment and improvement towards environmental sustainability.  In 2018 we achieved an awesome four out of five stars for a second year in a row! See our key achievements below and read the full report. We could not have done any of this without your help, so a huge thank you to the environmentally conscious Download community who participated in our initiatives

We’ve made it easy for you to have the best time at Download while reducing your environmental impact. See what you can do below;

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TRAVEL IMPACT

Travelling to the festival makes up 80% of the total carbon emissions generated (source: The Show Must Go On Report, 2015). You could travel by lower carbon forms of travel such as coach, train with direct shuttle buses to the festival or carshare to help reduce this. See our travel page for all options

CARBON BALANCING WITH ENERGY REVOLUTION

The main contributor of carbon emissions at festivals is travel, which accounts for 80% of a festival’s carbon footprint. That is why at Download Festival we have introduced carbon offsetting to our car and motorcycle parking prices. £1 of the cost of your parking pass will be donated to the charity Energy Revolution, who invest in renewable energy projects. Watch this Energy Revolution video to find out more.

In 2018 we balanced 1,024,194 travel miles with 100% of donations going to Solar for Schools, a project putting solar panels on school roofs across the UK.

If you don’t want to travel by car, there are other forms of lower carbon to travel to the festival such as Big Green Coach or train with direct shuttle buses to the festival

Single Use Plastic

As part of our ongoing commitment to reduce Download’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025 we have been working hard to phase out single use plastic at Download by 2021.

The world has seen the impacts of plastic pollution on our oceans – turtles eating plastic, seabirds feeding plastic to chicks and now studies show microplastics in UK rivers which are not only a source of life for otters, freshwater fish and birds like kingfishers but there is growing concern they are becoming plastic waterways pumping pollution through our towns and villages and into our oceans.

Here’s what we’ve put in place to work towards eliminating single use plastic at the festival. We’re asking Downloaders to please work with us and dispose of what plastic is on site responsibly:

  • Please minimise the single use plastic you bring! We encourage you to bring empty sports or metal refillable bottles of any size to refill at the water points inside the arena for free. Plus, you can bring any under 500ml sealed or empty plastic water bottles to refill, these must be sealed and untampered with.
  • Plastic cutlery will not be allowed in the main arena
  • You are welcome to bring your own refillable bottle to Download to refill at the arena water stations, they are also available for sale in the merch stalls
  • All our water bottles will be made from recycled plastic, which supports the UK recycling industry
  • All trader soft drinks will be served from cans and decanted into paper cups in the arena
  • All bottled alcoholic drinks will be decanted into cups so we can manage the plastic disposal responsibly
  • We use reusable cups at the arena bars with a £2 deposit
  • All paper cups and bottles in the arena have a 10p deposit included in the price which you can redeem at the refund points in the arena (minimum 10 for £1)
  • In the campsite any bottles bought in the Co-op Supermarket can be redeemed for 10p in the Co-op’s instore reverse vending machine
  • We have banned single use plastic cutlery and serveware since 2016

Waste strategy

We run a three-bin system at the festival, which means bin station in the campsite and village will be formed by 3 bins:

COMPOST
When you buy food from the traders, everything your food comes in is compostable so plates, cutlery and napkins can be placed in the compost bins along with the food scraps. Please make sure NO PLASTIC goes into the compost.

RECYCLE
Plastic bottles, aluminium cans, newspapers, magazines and clean and dry cardboard (no used greasy pizza boxes as these do not recycle).

GENERAL WASTE
There should be minimal left over that goes into General Waste.

Tents and Camping Equipment

Only bring what you can take home with you!  When packing ready for the festival weekend, remember to pack wisely and only bring essential items.

Ready To Rock offer pre-pitched tents or if you’re bringing your own tent we ask you to take it home, along with any other camping equipment.

If you have any broken  tents chairs, gazebos, empty batteries, unopened tins of food after the festival, please take them to the Recycling Points.

The reality is the majority of abandoned tents end up in landfill because it is impossible to recycle or reuse them all.

Say no to single use, reuse your tent!  Buy a durable tent that you can use again eacy year, it will save you money in the long run.

If you are an environmentally friendly rocker come and stay in the Eco-Campsite, back for the second year in a row, where zero tents were left behind last year!  \m/

Visit our Campsite Info page for more information.

Every Can Counts

We’ve teamed up with Every Can Counts this year who will gladly give your finished drink cans a new home. Expect games and activities, who knew recycling could be this much fun!