All areas of event pro­duc­tion requi­re ener­gy. Ligh­ting, sound pro­jec­tion, com­pu­ters, cold sto­res and other mac­hi­ne­ry and equip­ment both in pre­sen­ta­tion tech­no­lo­gy and in res­tau­rant and other ser­vices. The car­bon footprint caused by ener­gy can be reduced by uti­lizing areas, parks and other places speci­fical­ly desig­ned for event acti­vi­ties whe­re the elect­rici­ty need in events is usual­ly taken into con­si­de­ra­tion.

If grid elect­rici­ty is insuf­ficient or does not reach the event area, the ener­gy source must be replaced with aggre­ga­tes. In this case, it is recom­men­dable to use aggre­ga­tes that run on plant-based bio­fuels – and pre­fe­rably tho­se who­se cul­ti­va­tion does not destroy forests or cause harm to indi­ge­nous peoples. It is the most res­pon­sible to use oil pro­duced from industrial was­te or resi­dues.

When an event is orga­nized indoors, the event orga­nizer gets sel­dom to deci­de what elect­rici­ty is used in the event space. It is always still pos­sible to prio­ri­tize venues that uti­lize green elect­rici­ty. Elect­rici­ty with an EKOe­ner­gy label is renewable and fills the sus­tai­na­bi­li­ty cri­te­ria. Read more on the inter­na­tio­nal EKOe­ner­gy web­si­te, whe­re you can also find instruc­tions on ten­de­ring green elect­rici­ty for com­pa­nies.

Do this


Choo­se renewable grid elect­rici­ty or a low-emis­sion alter­na­ti­ve.

Plan your ener­gy need in advance. Ask for an esti­ma­te of elect­rici­ty con­sump­tion in the event from event tech­no­lo­gy suppliers and other subcont­rac­tors

Use ener­gy-efficient equip­ment and favour mac­hi­ne­ry with an ener­gy-saving A ener­gy rating.


Moni­tor ener­gy con­sump­tion: map out the elect­rical appliances in use and regu­lar­ly mea­su­re con­sump­tion.

Do not mea­su­re pure­ly for the sake of mea­su­ring but ensu­re that the results are uti­lized for the bene­fit of saving ener­gy. If pro­duc­tion capaci­ty is too lar­ge or inef­ficient, reduce pro­duc­tion and save ener­gy.

If you have to use aggre­ga­tes, ensu­re that they are mea­su­red accor­ding to actual power con­sump­tion.

Next Level

If you have to use aggre­ga­tes due to insuf­ficient power grids, sug­gest deve­lo­ping the local elect­rici­ty network for the bene­fit of event­ful­ness to your local ener­gy com­pa­ny or the city.

Avoid unneces­sa­ry elect­rici­ty con­sump­tion: reduce ligh­ting, pause air con­di­tio­ning and turn hea­ting down by one degree.

Invol­ve event audience in ener­gy pro­duc­tion.

At the Frozen People win­ter event in Oulu, a hybrid power sta­tion was tes­ted, in which, in addi­tion to solar and wind power, elect­rici­ty was pro­duced by muscle power, as the event audience pedal­led elect­rici­ty to a gene­ra­tor on old exerci­se bikes.