Car­bon Footprint

An event’s car­bon footprint means the cli­ma­te emis­sions caused by human actions at the event. In addi­tion to car­bon dioxi­de, the­se green­house gas emis­sions inclu­de met­ha­ne and nit­rous oxi­de. Emis­sions from event pro­duc­tion form from ener­gy con­sump­tion, tra­vel, was­te, purc­ha­ses and food and drink. Reducing an event’s cli­ma­te impact is only pos­sible when the event’s emis­sion sources are iden­ti­fied and a rea­lis­tic and goal-orien­ted plan can be made for reducing them.

You can learn to calcu­la­te event emis­sions your­self with the help of rea­dy-made calcu­la­tors or Excel templa­tes. It is a recom­men­dable to pre­pa­re for calcu­la­ting a car­bon footprint by sor­ting out what infor­ma­tion is nee­ded on dif­fe­rent areas. In a visi­tor sur­vey, it is impor­tant for example to inclu­de ques­tions about the audience’s tra­vel habits and frequencies. The English Julie’s Bicycle’s organization’s free calcu­la­tor is also sui­table for mea­su­ring event emis­sions. Natu­ral­ly, you can have the calcu­la­tion enti­re­ly made by pro­fes­sio­nals, and many com­pa­nies do offer cus­to­mized car­bon footprint calcu­la­tions for event orga­nizers.

In The Most Sus­tai­nable Euro­pean Capi­tal of Cul­tu­re pro­ject, the car­bon footprints of six events and one event space were calcu­la­ted. The events were the Oulu-based Qstock, Var­jo fes­ti­val, Frozen People and Lumo Light Fes­ti­val, Bätt­re Folk in Hai­luo­to and NUTS Kar­hun­kier­ros and Sols­tice in Kuusa­mo. The car­bon footprint of Oulu­hal­li was calcu­la­ted as part of the event space car­bon footprint.

Lisä­tie­toa ja ‑vink­ke­jä

Some cities offer car­bon footprint calcu­la­tors for events on their web­si­te. View the City of Hel­sin­ki car­bon footprint calcu­la­tor.