Climate Neutral Event
For its 71first 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 (PostBus)
- 100 electric bicycles available free of charge for accredited attendees, in collaboration with Flyer Biketec
- The Dipartimento del Territorio provides to the Locarno Festival 20 bicycles
- Use of certified renewable energy thanks to Società Elettrica Sopracenerina
- Park & Ride service
- Increase of hybrid electric vehicles in the official car fleet (now 50% 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, and other digital services such as the event management platform eveni.to
- Migration of content from hard copies to digital media (website)
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 2018, the Locarno Festival will support a myclimate project in rural Nepal that aims to minimize the unsustainable consumption of firewood or coal for cooking.
The Nepalese region Terai Arc includes several areas with protected animals and plants. This project deals with protect the local ecosystems by installing 7,500 small biogas plants developed for peasant families with at least two cows or buffaloes. The plants reduce the demand for non-sustainable firewood and thus diminish CO2 emissions as a consequence of deforestation.
The project, launched in the southwest of Nepal, offers advantages to the local population: hundreds of jobs are created during the construction and maintenance of the plant and the time-consuming search for firewood is no longer necessary. Moreover, in contrast to firewood, the use of biogas for cooking causes no health damaging smoke.
Throughout the years the Locarno Festival has been promoting different projects in different regions about different problematic: in 2012 it supported the production and distribution of eco-compatible solar ovens and energy-efficient cookers to help fight deforestation in Madagascar. In 2017 it supported a myclimate project in rural China dedicated to the substitution of traditional coal stoves with clean biomass stoves to reducing CO2 emission.
For further information about the 2018 project visit the website myclimate Protect our Planet.