DGTL Amsterdam’s sustainable efforts are setting the bar high for music festivals around the world. Everything from DGTL Amsterdam’s blueprint is designed with sustainability in mind. From set-up and transportation to vendors and consumption, DGTL Amsterdam’s sustainable efforts are all-encompassing. They’re the first electronic music festival to pursue circular innovation.
Check out how DGTL Amsterdam is revamping the festival experience.
The festival’s objective is simple. During show days, energy consumption must come entirely from renewable sources. This means from sun, wind or other inexhaustible sources. DGTL’s energy system will be completely energy-neutral and emission-free during show days, and the festival is parting ways with traditional diesel generators.
The burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas cause greenhouse gas emissions that affect the environment and impact health. Artists’ flights, vendor transportation, and the use of machines during the festival build and dismantling process. In addition to using renewable energy, DGTL is looking at ways to make travel (visitors, suppliers, artists) as efficient and sustainable as possible.
DGTL will switch completely from diesel to biodiesel for the fuel used for the machinery used during the event’s set-up and breakdown. By doing so, the festival will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 89 percent. This year, they’ll also encourage traveling by train rather than plan for both national and international visitors. The festival is offering special ticket deals when purchasing a ticket for DGTL Amsterdam.
After introducing meat-free food options in 2016, DGTL has moved toward a menu consisting of rescued food and imperfect products. This year DGTL is offering a fully plant-based (vegan) menu put together by a select group of chefs.
DGTL’s global presence activates around the world including Chile, Brazil, Spain, Israel and India. For years, they’ve been working with a sustainable way of programming and combining international headliners with local talent.
With more than 65 artists taking over seven stages, DGTL focuses on curating a broad music line-up. The Modular and AMP stages create a festival vibe. Techno “purists” can find their way to the Generator stage or the more underground-focused Filter. The festival’s LIVE stage aptly named will host live performances throughout the weekend.