Environmental policy


Paléo reinforces its policy of respect for the environment

Aware of its responsibilities in terms of respect for the environment, Paléo Festival continues to search for solutions aimed at reducing the environmental impact of the event. Every year, the Festival fixes precise goals in order to take its ecological commitment a little further and to assert even more clearly its conviction that the “greening” of the event is a major priority.

Paléo encourages public transport

A major priority is the implementing of a public transport network that will allow as many people as possible to enjoy the Festival without travelling by car. Thanks to an improved offer in terms of trains and special bus services, organised in partnership the CFF, NStCM and the TCS, Paléo Festival has now made it possible for everyone to get home safely – and until late into the night - whether they live in Geneva, Fribourg, Neuchâtel, Porrentruy or Brig. Between 2005 and 2016, the proportion of festivalgoers using public transport to get to the Festival site increased from 27% to 45%. Now, the objective is to maintain this percentage and to reduce the number of cars traveling to the festival.

The festival invites everybody to use public transportation or to carpool whenever possible.

Paléo sorts its waste

The Festival produced 279 tonnes of waste in 2016, or 931 grams per person present on the site. Thanks to the work of "Aspirators", 56% of this waste was recycled. The "Aspirators" team cleans the site and sorts all waste generated by the Festival. Dressed in green, they also clean the toilet facilities and make sure that the numerous dustbins around the site do not overflow with rubbish.

Paléo consumes local

The report on Paléo’s environmental impact reveals that consumption of food and drink has a considerable effect on the environment. Paléo has therefore decided to find ways of increasing the proportion of local produce in the meals it serves to its 5,000 volunteer staff members (near 50'000 every year). Paléo encourages food stallholders to use local, organic or vegetarian produce. Finally, Paléo is committed to increasing the amount of Swiss wines on sale in the Festival’s various bars.

Paléo uses green energy

Since 2006, Paléo has been committed to using green energy. Since 2006, as part of a joint venture involving Romande Energie and the Services Industriels of Nyon, Paléo Festival has been using  the “green” electrical current "Via d'ici".

Paléo saves energy

On the strength of the findings of an energy and environmental audit carried out by Romande Energie and the WWF in 2007, Paléo is continuing to strengthen measures aimed at reducing electricity consumption. Electricity consumption reached 248 MWh in 2016, or 826 Wh per person present on the site.

Paléo saves water

On the basis of the above-mentioned audit, Paléo is also continuing to strengthen measures aimed at reducing water consumption. With the introduction of these measures (dry urinals, water flow reducers etc.) water consumption at the Festival was measured at 10,035 m3 in 2016, representing individual consumption of 33.4 litres.

Paléo takes care of your ears

The comfort of all those attending the Festival is very much dependent on the quality of sound on the site. In addition to its rigorous respect of Swiss legislation (ordinance on sound and lasers), the Festival has implemented different measures aimed at optimising the listening quality of festivalgoers. It also ensures that the public have access to quiet zones and relaxation areas. Earplugs are distributed free of charge in all the Paléo boutiques, at the various information desks and at the environmental information stall.

    Goals

    Paléo has set the following environmental targets:

    • 50% of festivalgoers using public transport
    • Reduce by 30% the consumption of fuel due to internal transportation (construction sites, transporting artists…)
    • Reduce to 800 grams the amount of waste produced per festivalgoer and ensure that a minimum of 50% of waste is sorted
    • Propose 80% of fruit, vegetables and meat via short supply chains
    • Maintain energy consumption below 800Wh per festivalgoer and guarantee green energy
    • Reduce the consumption of water to 25 litres per festivalgoer

    Here is a non-exhaustive list of concrete measures taken by the Festival in an attempt to reduce its environmental impact as much as possible:

    Paléo encourages public transport

    • Free trains and buses between Nyon and l’Asse
    • Reduced fares for all, in all trains
    • Each year, an improved night train service during the Festival week
    • TCS buses to and from most towns in Western Switzerland
    • Special buses at Lausanne and Geneva stations, providing services to various neighbourhoods in these cities

    Paléo sorts its waste

    • Installation of dedicated bins (Pet, Alu, waste, glass) all over the site
    • Provision of waste reception centres for stalls to encourage sorting/recycling
    • Ban on the distribution of flyers and samples by partners
    • Introduction of a system of reusable drinking cups with deposit
    • Communication and information material printed only on recycled paper

    Paléo consumes local

    • Look for more local producers
    • A menu 100% local in staff canteens/restaurants
    • A large offer of Swiss wines in the Festival’s bars.

    Paléo saves energy

    • Use of economical lighting systems
    • Installation of master switches enabling bars and other structures to turn off electrical current at the flick of a single switch
    • Use of timers in certain electrical installations in order to optimise consumption
    • Raising awareness amongst suppliers and other partners about the importance of using only class A equipment

    Paléo saves water

    • Use of water flow reduction devices.
    • Introduction of dry urinals in certain zones.
    • Systematic turning off of all urinals using water at closing time

    Paléo takes care of your ears

    • Regular control of noise levels during concerts
    • Distribution of earplugs
    • Quiet zones for relaxation around the site