Powerful Thinking is a think-do tank which brings together festivals, suppliers and environmental organisations to explore ways to reduce the costs and carbon through increased efficiency and alternatives, and share findings to promote lower carbon industry.
It aims to provide clear guidance and resources to festival organisers about approaches to sustainable power and to drive a market for renewable energy supply at festivals, understanding and accounting for the business and cost restraints.
Powerful Thinking was inspired by Shambala Festival and Julie’s Bicycle, and founded by a consortium including Bestival, Festival Republic, A Greener Festival, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), Kambe Events and Firefly.
As festival-goers, we all love festivals and understand the freedom, fun and inspiration to be found at them. In the UK we have a world-renowned festival scene to be proud of, with its roots in social revolution. Right now though, we need a new kind of revolution – an energy revolution.
The biggest contributor of carbon emissions at festivals is usually travel, which can make up 60-80% of a festival’s carbon footprint. For a festival of 10,000 people, that’s a massive 120 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Energy Revolution crowdsources donations at point-of-sale and uses them to invest in sustainable energy projects. It turns fossil-fuel travel miles into clean, renewable energy so we can keep the party going forever.
The way this works financially with our Energy Partners, The Converging World, and Bristol Energy Co-op, is outlined below.
Shambala takes place across four days on the August Bank Holiday Weekend at a stunning secret location in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. The variety and quality of entertainment on offer is staggering for a festival of its size. With over 200 diverse musical acts across 12 live stages, world-class cabaret, an amazing array of workshops, stand-up comedy, inspirational talks and debates, jaw dropping circus and acrobatics, interactive theatre and nationally acclaimed poetry all housed in beautifully decorated venues.
Pioneering, intimate and truly innovative, Shambala Festival has perfectly blended creativity and participation for well over a decade.
Built on the experience gained supplying power solutions for the marine and automotive industry, Off Grid Energy strives to deliver, efficient, low carbon, grid quality power solutions for people in places where connecting to the National Grid is not possible, too expensive or too complicated. We have applied our expertise to develop smart technology that delivers affordable, high performance solutions. Our systems can combine conventional power generation with renewable resources like solar PV and wind power where the result is a unique and innovative tailored solution for independent energy needs.
We are the proud manufacturers of Grid to Go™, a transportable version of our solution that can be used as an alternative to, or together with, a generator to reduce running costs and carbon emissions.