Hay Festival 2018 to be greenest year ever, with site powered by Good Energy

Hay Festival has announced that the mains electricity supply for the entire 2018 festival will be powered by 100% renewable electricity from Good Energy, as part of its commitment to managing and mitigating the environmental impact of its events. 

Set in the beautiful landscape of the Welsh borders, Hay Festival is the UK’s leading literature and arts festival, bringing together readers and writers from around the world to share stories, inspire, and debate society’s most important issues, including the latest ideas in sustainability.

“Hay sets a great example to other festivals, showing that it is possible to dramatically reduce their carbon footprint. We are proud to help them to make the switch to be powered by 100% renewable electricity, making the festival cleaner and greener than ever before.” Said Juliet Davenport, Founder and CEO of Good Energy, and a frequent visitor of Hay Festival.

“Hay Festival’s visitors have told us that they are passionately engaged with the environment as well as stimulating debates, good food and having a great time. We’re thrilled to make this Hay Festival’s most sustainable year yet!” said Andy Fryers, Sustainability Director at Hay Festival. “Our offices have been powered by renewables for some years, and I’m delighted that we have resolved site technical issues and extended this to the festival site.”

Sustainability is core to Hay Festival, both in its on-stage debates and day to day management. For ten years, the organisation has been engaged in a programme of managing and mitigating its environmental impact. 80% of waste produced on site is recycled, re-used or composted, the festival runs a network of public buses throughout the week to limit audience travel emissions and there is a free electric car re-charging point. Water standpipes are available across the site, and this yearHay Festival will be switching to reusable beer and wine ‘glasses’ and are the first Festival to trial a new reusable hot drink cups system. 

The full line up for Hay’s 11 day festival was announced last week, featuring 600 of the world’s greatest writers, global policy makers, pioneers and innovators, as well as a rich schedule of comedy, music and entertainment. You can expect to see appearances from speakers as diverse as Margaret Atwood, Dara O’Briain, Marian Keyes, Bear Grylls and Gordon Brown. View the full Hay Festival programme at hayfestival.org.  

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