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Everyone at Native Events is really excited to learn that we have joined the likes of Chris Johnson of Vision 2025, Sam Lee of Music Declares Emergency and other leaders in the live events sustainability space, by being recognised in this year’s Green Guardian Guide from IQ Magazine.
This means a huge amount to receive international recognition from a publication we have been following for years. It’s also fantastic that IQ Magazine are championing the efforts being made within the music and live events industry with their Green Guardian Guide, which highlights some of the great work being done by sustainability pioneers working to make the live business greener.
Speaking about the award, Native Events founder Megan Best said: “We’re very proud to have been featured in this year’s Green Guardian Awards, being recognised for the work we are doing in helping the live events sector transition to a more sustainable model.
“We believe festivals and events can be part of the solution to help solve the environmental crisis. Festivals are in fact mini towns and cities – microcosms for society – where everything from food, water, security, shelter and health must be considered in their conception and design. At Native Events we see festivals as a fantastic opportunity to pioneer innovation and act as testbeds, creating possibilities for the circular economy.”
“We believe festivals and events can be part of the solution to help solve the environmental crisis. Festivals are in fact mini towns and cities – microcosms for society… they are an opportunity to pioneer innovation and act as testbeds, creating possibilities for the circular economy.”
Summer 2022 was incredibly busy for Native Events following the return of outdoor music events post-pandemic. The team worked with festival organisers across Ireland on improving the environmental impact of their events, including some sustainable and circular initiatives trialled for the first time in Ireland. At this year’s Dublin Pride for example, the team were behind a highly ambitious climate justice project to make the festival carbon neutral by implementing an energy efficiency SMART power plan, as well as a wide reaching communications campaign.
Commenting on the challenges ahead for the sector, Megan said: “We’re fully aware of the challenges ahead – not just for festivals and events – but for society as a whole. However we are encouraged by our leaders placing circularity and sustainability high on our country’s agenda, such as Ireland’s Climate Action Plan, where we are now on a legally binding path to net-Zero emissions by 2050 and to a 51% reduction in emissions by the end of this decade. It is top-down approaches like this, coupled with the amazing work being done on the ground, that will help drive and instigate large-scale change.”
Established in 2017 by co-founders Megan Best and Michael Soro, Native Events is Ireland’s leading sustainable events company focused on a more sustainable, just and circular model.