Electric Picnic wins green festival prize

Solar power, a carpooling system and improved recycling facilities were among the measures which earned the Electric Picnic event Ireland's only Greener Festival International Award for 2008.

The three-day music festival was awarded the prize by independent award scheme, A Greener Festival.

Held in the grounds of Stardbally Hall, the festival featured a variety of environmentally aware measures.

“This year we worked in partnership with Cultivate, Body and Soul, Edenbee, carbon offsetting partners EmissionZero and BYE to establish a ‘Sustainability Team’ to reduce Electric Picnic’s impact on the environment,” John Reynolds of POD Concerts said.

“We are delighted that our efforts have been recognized by A Greener Festival.”

This year the festival organised its first dedicated carpooling service to reduce congestion and carbon dioxide emissions.

There were Bin your Empties teams around the site as well as an increased number of recycling stations in order to make it as easy as possible for people to recycle.

Some of the cafes offering festival-goers nourishment or refreshment were also solar-powered.

Other winners of the Award included the Falls Festival in Australia and the Rothbury Festival, which took an outstanding award.

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