How can a live arts festival help improve our planet? The Barcelona Grec Festival pondered this same question in 2020, and since then has been part of the programme of voluntary agreements on the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions promoted by the Catalan Office for Climate Change (GEH), run by the Government of Catalonia.
Adherence to this programme means that the festival is committed to producing an inventory of its emissions, proposing and applying measures aimed at reducing them, and monitoring on a yearly basis to assess the results.
The benefits to be gained are:
- Reduction in energy bills, reduced dependency on fossil fuels, and the vulnerability associated with price hikes in this sector.
- Strategic advanced positioning on the environment and climate change.
- Added value for festival services, products and projects, and in relation to the Grec, for members and those who work on the festival.
- Improvement in environmental management, thanks to the involvement of individual or corporate suppliers and collaborators.
Do you know what carbon offset is?
Carbon offsetting is the balancing of CO2 emissions (carbon footprint) generated by an individual, company or organisation when carrying out an activity by investing economically in a project focused on improving the environment and providing social benefits in the area the activity takes place.
The 2022 Barcelona Grec Festival will offset the carbon emissions of all the shows held at the Teatre Grec through the Clean CO2 label, which makes an effective reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions possible.
The project chosen for this offsetting is the Edincik wind-power plant. A 56.4 MW wind farm located on the southern coast of the Sea of Marmara in Bandirma, in the Balikesir Province, Turkey. The electricity generated from this plant will enter the national electricity grid, thereby avoiding the generation of electricity from fossil fuel sources, such as coal. Besides reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the project is also contributing to social and economic development through education, sanitation, job creation, technology transfers and agricultural production improvements.
Climate change mitigation
Mitigation describes any action by human beings that is aimed at reducing human emissions of greenhouse-gases, or increasing the scavenging capacity of systems: in other words, their efficiency in absorbing carbon dioxide.
Act 16/2017, of 1 August, on climate change, establishes that the Government of Catalonia is required to submit its goals for the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions and air pollutants for the compliance periods set out by the European Union and the World Health Organization to Parliament for approval.
The Government must also approve the strategic reference framework for mitigation proposed by the Interdepartmental Commission on Climate Change, with the participation of local authorities and other stakeholders involved. It must also develop carbon budgets as a planning and monitoring mechanism to support the integration of the objectives of this law into sectoral policies.