Sustainability and environmental protection at DAS FEST
DAS FEST takes place every year in the Günther-Klotz Park in Karlsruhe, a prestigious local recreation area. Those involved are very committed to respecting that this public park is used as a festival area. That is precisely the reason why great efforts are made in the run-up, in coordination with the municipal parks department, to ensure that damage to the green areas is kept to a minimum during the festival.
Environmental protection is of crucial importance in all sections of DAS FEST.
Concepts regarding waste management, bottle deposits, arrival, materials used for installation (such as signposting), print media, involvement of local companies, environmental protection of the park, agreements with sponsor/ advertisement of said sponsors and catering are thoroughly planned. All of these concepts and guidelines are communicated and supported by management and project leaders alike.
- Communication with partners and sponsors
- Support of partners and associations
- How can visitors contribute
- Environmentally sound journey to DAS FEST
- Bicycle Parking
- DAS FEST transport policy
- Transport of Performers
- Waste seperation / disposal
- Waste reduction
- Eco-friedly Electricity and Power Consumption
- Water Consumption and Sewage Disposal
- Programme Booklet and Print Media
- Fan T-Shirt and DAS FEST Mug
- Fair Bio-Coffee
- Sustainable food and drink offerings
- Hearing Protection
- Creative Village featuring local Craftsmen
- DAS FEST Staff Primer
Since 2014, DAS FEST is honour with the “A Greener Festival Award”. DAS FEST also earned the Green'n'Clean award 2014, as it did in the previous years. Moreover, as one of the leading festivals, DAS FEST assisted in restructuring und updating the awards by providing infor-mation and know-how. An environmental officer watches over the fulfilment and improvement of criteria for retaining the award every year.
Communication with partners and sponsors
All sponsors must indicate which give-aways they intend to distribute. This is to prevent the distribution of low grade or individually shrink-wrapped products that may lead to littering of the green area. For instance, individually shrink-wrapped products may not be distributed. Distribution of flyers is categorically prohibited within the entire park. Regulations regarding proper waste separation are an integral part of all stall-keepers’ contracts. DAS FEST introduced an environmental security deposit that would guarantee the implementation of its environmental protection measures. This deposit will only be returned in full to the stall-keeper if the environmental officer finds the stall location in flawless condition at the end of the festival. If the stall-keeper damages nature or environment intentionally or out of neg-ligence, the environmental security deposit shall be forfeited. Furthermore, the stalls of food and drink vendors are supervised by special Gastro supervisors and are supported in complying with environmental protection measures, such as proper waste separation and responsible use of electric devices.
Support of partners and associations
DAS FEST features the so-called Infomeile, where youth associations that are members of the city youth committee as well as other active charitable associations and organisations in Karlsruhe present themselves on FEST-Saturday and FEST-Sunday. Here, environmental organisations such as Greenpeace are also given the opportunity to speak out against low stall fees in front of a large audience.
How can visitors contribute?
DAS FEST informs its visitors via Facebook, DAS FEST programme booklet and the DAS FEST Website about environmentally sound ways to travel to DAS FEST. The DAS FEST Website features a CO² calculator, which allows calculation of CO² emission caused by the various travel options. This is intended to better illustrate the differences to visitors. Furthermore, DAS FEST uses this channel to enlighten about other small, but effective measures such as switching off electric devices instead of putting them on standby before leaving the house.
Environmentally sound journey to DAS FEST
DAS FEST is an inner-city event. The directions on the DAS FEST website explicitly recommend the use of local public transport. A close cooperation with the local transport companies is in place, whereby special trains that run in tight clock cycles have been set up in order to provide festival visitors a comfortable arrival and departure. DAS FEST itself has nearly no parking spaces whatsoever, which is why travel by car is not recommended. If a festival visitor wants to travel by car nonetheless, the use of a car sharing agency is alternatively linked to the DAS FEST website, including a form facilitating access as much as possible. For good measure, DAS FEST has added an online CO² to its directions page. This calculator allows festival visitors to figure out their CO² emissions for various travel options. Visitors are to be hereby additionally sensitised to an eco-friendly journey.
Since 2015, DAS FEST also has parking for bicycles, in which visitors can leave their bikes. Thereby more visitors are encouraged to travel by bike.
DAS FEST transport policy
Unnecessary journeys and the resulting environmental impact are reduced by the organisation of DAS FEST itself – by collaborating with all local services and companies in Karlsruhe and the surrounding region. Even the local performers obtain a single permission of thoroughfare per band and are encouraged to form carpools or to rent a bus. DAS FEST also partly offers a shuttle service, which picks up e.g. orchestras at a meeting point and takes them to the premises – thus avoiding unnecessary journeys.
DAS FEST itself barely has any parking spaces, which is why travel by car is not encouraged. Most DAS FEST suppliers are from the close surroundings anyway, resulting in shorter journeys. DAS FEST highly values its local partners. All the stages, the technology, infrastructure including toilets etc. are delivered from within a 20 km radius. All suppliers receive precise travel sketches in order to guarantee a swift delivery causing little pollution. Sophisticated stacker logistics attempt to avoid unnecessary trips and empty runs during assembly and disassembly. Enough trailer compatible bicycles are available to personnel. A large part of transport can therefore be handled by CO² neutral bicycles. For this task, DAS FEST makes use of used bicycles which are prepared in close collaboration with the AFB-Bicycle shop in Karlsruhe (Work Stimulation Company).
Transport of Performers
Performers are ferried between hotels as required. But since the hotel is located a mere 8 km from the premises, no long trips are necessary. Local performers obtain a single permission of thoroughfare per band and are encouraged to form carpools or to rent a bus. DAS FEST also partly offers a shuttle service, which picks up e.g. orchestras at a meeting point and ferries them to the premises. The shuttle-vehicle runs on petrol. Since DAS FEST primarily hosts national artists, it is very rare for performers to fly in 95% of performers travel by bus or train. In the last four years, only one performer flew in.
Waste seperation / disposal
Since the festival’s inception, all waste accrued during the assembly and disassembly phases has been separated into reusable waste and residual waste. During the festival weekend, a separate container is added for food waste. During the festival, a deposit system is in effect forcing visitors to return dishes, cups and bottles to their respective stands. Proper waste separation is hereby facilitated. To keep the waste pollution within the park to a minimum, each year the festival’s environmental officer optimises the position of the waste bins for the visitors. To wit, more waste bins are set up in particularly soiled places, giving visitors a waste disposal opportunity. Furthermore, a competent crew cleans the Günther-Klotz Park every day during DAS FEST. Most waste must be picked up manually from the green area. Every year, DAS FEST is actively supported by the waste management agency (AfA; Amt für Abfall-wirtschaft). The jointly developed waste management concept, which ensures ecologically optimal waste management within the festival premises, will remain in effect in 2015 as well. The AfA supports DAS FEST in its waste reduction and maximised recycling goals by providing fundamental equipment such as separate waste bins, containers and compactors. For this, bins with slotted lids are in use once again. Collection vehicles bring the separated waste to green recycling plants. The orange-lidded Festival-Container is a new feature on the premises since 2015. It is meant for soiled paper, cardboard and plastic packaging. Cardboard and paper are later separated at the local sorting plant. The rest is used in energetic recovery. During the pre-festival, yellow lidded glass containers can be found on the premises. All kinds of glass can be disposed of therein. This glass will later be recycled to make green glass, in the process of which a small amount of mismatched colours is acceptable. Additionally, the entrances are equipped with large containers for sorted disposal of glass by colour, white, brown and green. Moreover, food stalls are equipped with bio containers with color-coded lids – green for PLA and CPLA – alongside bins for leftover food. The bio-degradable PLA-cups as well as the plates and cutlery made from corn-starch or sugar cane (CPLA), are repurposed in a fermentation plant (for heat and electricity generation). The food leftovers are recycled. Regulations regarding proper waste separation are an integral part of all stall-keepers’ contracts. DAS FEST introduced an environmental security deposit that would guarantee the implementation of its environmental protection measures. This deposit would only be returned in full to the stall-keeper, if the environmental officer finds the stall location in flawless condition at the end of the festival. If the stall-keeper damages nature or the environment intentionally or out of negligence, the environmental secu-rity deposit shall be forfeited.
The sale of food and drink during DAS FEST should produce as little waste as possible. To achieve this goal, a deposit system for the distribution of eating utensils is in place throughout the premises, to en-sure that the bulk of these can be properly gathered and recycled or composted. Plates made of sugar-cane fibres, a sugar industry by-product, are used to serve food during DAS FEST. Paper towels and tablecloth rolls are made of pure cellulose, which was bleached without chlorine in accordance with EN Norm 648. Eco-friendly, water based and compostable colours containing neither heavy metals nor toxic substances are used. Cold drinks are served in PLA cups. PLA is entirely composed of renewable, fast growing plant material and uses no polluting raw materials whatsoever.
The festival is set up utilising re-usable products almost exclusively. Stages, pagoda marquees, seating, tables, waste bins, water and electricity supply lines, as well as barriers –to name just a few. Signposts for safety and event venues are designed to be re-used every year. For the duration of DAS FEST, the Günther-Klotz Park is cleaned daily, for ten days, by a trained cleaning crew, which must gather most of the waste manually. The organisation team therefore really appreci-ates visitors who support their environmental measures by leaving no waste behind on the premises. Possible give-aways distributed by sponsors must be agreed upon with the event organiser. The distribution of low grade or individually shrink-wrapped products that may lead to littering of the green area therefore is to be prevented. Distribution of flyers is categorically prohibited within the entire park.
Eco-friedly Electricity and Power Consumption
For many years, DAS FEST has relied entirely on NatuR-Strom (naturally produced electricity) supplied by Stadtwerke Karlsruhe, the local municipal utilities. This electricity is generated entirely by hydroelectric power plants without causing any polluting CO2 emissions. Moreover, NatuR contributes to the conser-vation of fossil resources such as coal, oil or natural gas. Depending on the requirements of the show, mainstage power supply sometimes requires additional support from diesel generators.
The power supply of the Günther-Klotz Park is very limited and requires strict control and elaborate logistics. All sponsors and external stall-keepers, such as caterers, must therefore indicate their electricity requirements before the event. A stall inspection and testing all electrical devices takes place before the event.
Water Consumption and Sewage Disposal
DAS FEST washbasins are equipped with flushing valves that reduce water waste.
Sparing water use is always instructed during assistant training. Sewage disposal ensues by means of the Karlsruhe municipal sewers. Our plumbing service provider leads sewage from the sanitation facilities directly to the sewage treatment plant. This way, sewage never enters the ground. In case of heavy rain, the premises are protected with sand and heavy coating, laid out by our assembly team. Flooded areas are laboriously pumped empty and dried. DAS FEST bears the resulting high expense.
Programme Booklet and Print Media
The DAS FEST programme booklet is printed on paper with the “Forest Stewardship Council” (FSC®) seal of approval for responsible forestry. The CO² emissions caused by its production are offset through payments toward recognised climate protection projects. DAS FEST supports a new project every year. DAS FEST collaborates with the local printing company Stober. DAS FEST thereby renounces the com-mission of cheap online printing companies, while supporting the region as well as minimum wage com-pliance.
Fan T-Shirt and DAS FEST Mug
The popular DAS FEST t-shirts are made of bio cotton, which is grown from non-GMO seeds using sustainable water management and without harmful or polluting pesticides or fertilisers. The DAS-FEST mugs are exclusively manufactured domestically.
The company Ettli – which supplies DAS FEST with high quality, fair trade certified organic coffee – distinguishes itself through its fair trading, collaborative partnerships, sustainability and eco-friendliness. This long established company, based in Ettlingen, also subsidises the acclaimed DAS FEST coffee mugs, which are exclusively manufactured domestically.
Sustainable food and drink offerings
Over 65% of food vendors are local and use mostly regional produce. Only 35% come from other regions. DAS FEST offers a wide range of vegan and vegetarian dishes. 21% of all food stalls offer vegetarian food and 6% offer exclusively vegan food. Gluten- and lactose free alternatives also extend the portfolio. The beer comes from a local brewery and is transported only a few kilometres. The water originates in Peterstal and is transported for approx. 95 km. Delivered from Duisburg; the alcohol-free beverages are transported approx. 350km. Water is the most reasonably priced beverage at all beverage stalls. DAS FEST water is supplied by Peterstaler. The Peterstaler mineral water was recently graded “very good” by Ökotest. Peterstaler implements environmental protection measures with outmost commitment. Freshly prepared organic food (Live Cooking) is available in the backstage- and personnel area.
The DAS FEST programme booklet and the video walls advise visitors to protect their hearing. Earplugs can be bought at all merchandising stalls. Additionally, single use earplugs are distributed at all DAS FEST info booths – free of charge. Since the festival area is located in close proximity to hospitals, a retirement home and borders a residential area, great efforts are made to keep noise to a minimum. DAS FEST therefore ends its musical programme no later than midnight. Furthermore, mainstage volume is constantly monitored and logged. Legal thresholds are strictly complied with.
Creative Village featuring local Craftsmen
In 2016, the creative village makes its second appearance within DAS FEST – displaying the colourful variety of the regional art scene. This contemporary market stands out with the charm of its location (in the active playground of the Günther-Klotz Park) as well as its diversity and the professional quality of regional artists. Regional craftsmen may apply to display their own art (merchants are not taken into consideration). Since 2016, DAS FEST doesn't host any merchants from other regions, who offer non-sustainable products from the Far East. Financial losses were thereby taken, in order to make room for regional, fair and sustainable products of the creative sector.
DAS FEST Staff Primer
Before work begins, all staff members are given their primers, in which all the environmental protection measures carried out within the Günther-Klotz Park are underlined. The staff introduction also emphasizes the following bullet points:
-Respect for the green areas
-Waste reduction – always pick up cable ties and such.
-Waste separation – instructions indicating what materials each container is meant for are ubiquitous
-Re-use materials rather than throwing them away
-Frugal water usage
-Carry out transport by bicycle if possible
-No empty runs with forklifts