Climate Neutral Event
For its 70th edition, the Locarno Festival renews its commitment to environmental policy. The traditional green approach adopted since 2010 aims once again to reduce the CO2 emissions caused by the event and its organization. As usual various initiatives concerning mobility, selective waste disposal and reduced use of paper will be adopted.
- Encouraging the use of public transportation with combined ticket offers (for rail travel and admission to screenings in Piazza Grande), in collaboration with Railaway-FFS, SBB CFF FFS and TILO
- Free shuttle service between the various Festival screening venues (Postauto)
- 100 electric bicycles available free of charge for accredited attendees, in collaboration with Flyer Biketec
- Use of certified renewable energy thanks to Società Elettrica Sopracenerina
- Park and Ride service
- Increase of hybrid electric vehicles in the official car fleet (now 80% of total vehicles), in collaboration with Toyota
Selective waste disposal and reduced use of paper:
- Selective collection and disposal of waste, plus a campaign to sensitize the Festival public at venues and times of maximum footfall, in collaboration with the City of Locarno and the land department of the Canton Ticino
- Use of recycled paper with FSC Mixed Sources (Forest Stewardship Council)
- Reduced amounts of paper promotional materials thanks to the introduction of electronic drop boxes
- Migration of content from hard copies to digital media (iPhone and Android apps)
Despite all these efforts to lower the CO2 emissions caused by the event, the ideal goal of zero emissions remains unattainable. As a result, Locarno Festival has entered into a partnership with the Swiss foundation myclimate, in order to compensate for the event’s footprint and consequently earning the label “myclimate neutral event”.
In 2017, together with Impact Carbon and the China Association of Rural Energy Industry (CAREI), the Locarno Festival will support a myclimate project in rural China that aims to minimize the unsustainable consumption of firewood or coal for cooking, heating, and water purification and consequently reducing CO2 emissions and deforestation by replacing traditional coal burning stoves with improved clean biomass stoves.
The project in rural households within Shanxi Province, Hubei Province and Guizhou Province in China offers several advantages to the local population: Thanks to the cleaner stoves, indoor air quality has been improved which benefits the health of women and children; furthermore new jobs have been created, and the households are able to save money as petroleum based fuels are more convenient than solid fuels as wood or coal. Locals themselves can plant the corn, used to feed the biomass stoves, and sell it on the market. The leftovers are then used for household energy demands.
Throughout the years the Locarno Festival has been promoting different projects in different regions about different problematics: in 2010/2011 the Festival sustained a project which aimed to swap coal for biomass pellets (made from organic waste) in the region of Uttarakhand in Northern India. In 2012 it supported the production and distribution of eco-compatible solar ovens and energy-efficient cookers to help fight deforestation in Madagascar.
For further information about the 2017 project visit the website myclimate Protect our Planet.
We are grateful to all our public and private sector sponsors and to Jannuzzi Smith who enabled us to carry out these initiatives.