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.
2020 will be a new beginning for the Festival, both in terms of urban planning and commitments for the planet. It became obvious that the urban planning changes thus offered a magnificent opportunity for Paléo to set new ambitions in this field. The first measures defined are as follows:
• Implementation in 2020 of returnable plates and cutlery to reduce single use
• 25% reduction in carbon emissions by the 50th Festival
• In short term, introduce efficient measures on transport, food, consumption and protection of soil and biodiversity
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 2018, 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 and avoids wastage
The Festival produced 299 tonnes of waste in 2018, or 997 grams per person present on the site. Thanks to the work of "Aspirators", 59% of this waste was recycled. The Festival wants to maintain each year a minimum threshold of 50% waste management. 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.
New: Too Good To Go and Paléo are collaborating! Unsold food is thus consumed and does not end up tragically wasted. Discover the stalls participating in the operation on the Paléo app and the Too Good To Go app.
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 100% green energy. 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 256 MWh in 2018, or 854 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 10,824 m3 in 2018, representing individual consumption of 36 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.