On the 17 November, Chiara from Julie’s Bicycle was in Copenhagen to help run an EE MUSIC Workshop for venues in Denmark, and host the Launch of the EE MUSIC project in Denmark. Our co-organiser and local EE MUSIC Ambassador is Claus Søndergaard Petersen, project managerat Huset KBH, Denmark’s first and largest ‘cultural house’. Huset KBH has been operating since 1970 and hosts 7 venues, a cinema, a boardgame café, and a restaurant serving rescued food waste on its premises, and hosts over 1,500 events annually. Attendees included production professionals and venue managers, many of whom are active across Danish live music networks such as Dansk Live.

To kickstart the Workshop, Chiara presented an overview of how to save energy in the operations of a venue, and an interactive session on how to use the EE MUSIC IG Tools for reporting and monitoring energy use and carbon emissions. Huset KBH itself has long been active in the monitoring and reduction of its energy consumption, and floor manager Vagn Groth provided us with an overview of what the venue had already done – from switching lighting to LEDs where possible to its plans for upgrading the heating and ventilation system – and the substantial energy savings they had already achieved. Huset now uses its total energy consumption baseline from 2010 as an energy budget – regardless of how many events the venue hosts, they are committed not to exceed this energy usage in a year (and succeeding!). To round off the workshop, the group had a practical hands-on session on energy management action planning; each participant taking away a list of actions to follow up on in their own venues.

For the Launch, Chiara gave an overview of successful policy interventions in other areas of Europe and the world, to tap into and discuss the legacy of the COP15 climate change negotiations hosted by Copenhagen in 2009. In discussion with the attendees, it was determined that environmental sustainability policy and cultural policy in Denmark still does not seem to go sufficiently hand-in-hand – with investment and planning not yet uniformly supportive of an environmentally sustainable creative sector, and sustainability not yet being a frequently discussed topic within the music industry in day-to-day operations despite the efforts of pioneers such as Roskilde Festival and a high level of awareness among the general population. Those present left enthusiastic to continue challenging the status quo, spreading the word to create a more sustainable music event industry in Denmark from the inside out.

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