International festivals commit to new standards for sustainability
The Green Deal Circular Festivals is an initiative to collectively set new standards for sustainability in the event industry. 25 international festivals signed the deal with the Dutch Government striving for circularity in 2025 through developing solutions and sharing knowledge that can be put into practice also by other festivals worldwide. The Green Deal is unique in bringing together so many leading international festivals for such a cause. Together with Green Events Nederland, Green Leadership and The Revolution Foundation, Royal HaskoningDHV is supporting the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in managing the Green Deal programme. This includes facilitating collaboration for festivals to develop and implement circular roadmaps, setting up and learning from pilots, organising knowledge sharing, monitoring and community building. Festivals also provide a testing ground and inspiration for other events and cities, by unlocking scalable solutions, lessons learned and utilize the potency and creativity of the festival sector. Also, together with The Revolution Foundation, Royal HaskoningDHV has developed a circularity dashboard to help participating festivals to monitor progress and the impact of their efforts.