Measuring up WOMAD NZ’s Carbon Footprint

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Measuring up
WOMAD NZ’s Carbon Footprint

WOMAD New Zealand 2012 is
extending its commitment to the environment this year with a
project to measure and offset the carbon footprint of
WOMAD.

Leonard Cohen of Canopy, an organisation
specialising in measuring and managing carbon dioxide
emissions, believes it is the first time a carbon footprint
assessment has been made of a music festival in New
Zealand.

“We’ve been measuring and organising
the offsetting of the carbon footprint of WOMADelaide in
Australia for the past five years,” he says, “and this
year New Zealand has requested the same thing.”

WOMAD New Zealand 2012 takes place from 16-18 March at
New Plymouth’s Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl.

The
main carbon impact for WOMAD New Zealand is the air travel
by artists, he said, however as many of the international
artists come via WOMADelaide, this is mostly measured from
Australia.

Landfill waste is also weighed and the
measurement also takes into account the recycling and
composting which are part of WOMAD New Zealand’s Zero
Waste Strategy.

Mr Cohen says the impact will then
be offset by carbon credits and consideration is being given
to a specific project which will carry the WOMAD New Zealand
name.

Taranaki Arts Festival Trust chief executive
Suzanne Porter says assessing the carbon footprint of WOMAD
is the next stage to ensure the festival’s commitment to
environmental policies.

“We have had a Zero Waste
Strategy for some years now which is supported by our
partner Shell NZ, while Todd Energy also provides solar
energy for the Taste The World stage.”

Mr Cohen
says the resulting data will provide a benchmark for WOMAD
New Zealand to work from. Future development will include
broadening the assessment to include the impact of ticket
purchasers.

“We are doing this in Adelaide this
year – looking at where people are travelling from and
calculating the individual impacts on the
environment.”
ENDS

Article source: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1202/S00320/measuring-up-womad-nzs-carbon-footprint.htm