The first initiative of it's kind in Ireland
The Green Festival Programme was originally an initiative of Clare Tourism in 2017 where ten festivals from across Co.Clare received Green Festival and Ambassador and Leader training throughout 2017 and 2018. The programme, which is the first of its kind in the Ireland, is now led by Clarecastle Tidy Towns in collaboration with Clare County Councils Greener Clare programme from 2019 to 2021. This initiative is also supported by Clare Volunteer Centre, Limerick Clare Energy Agency, Southern Region Waste Management Office and the EPA Local Authority Prevention Network, fully funded by Clare Local Development through the LEADER Programme.
To date participating Clare Greener Festivals have successfully reduced their carbon footprint by up to 40% as part of their involvement in Clare’s Green Festival programme. Other achievements include the abolition of single use individually wrapped items where an estimated total of 17,600 items were prevented from going to landfill. An estimated 5,900 plastic crockery items were saved from going to landfill by replacing them with reusable or compostable options. Waste segregation which includes separation of Waste to Food Waste and Compostables, Recycling and General Waste was also achieved by all participating green festivals.
This project is fully funded by the LEADER programme, through the National Development Plan and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
We would also like to acknowledge the EPA, from which we have received LAPN funding to purchase a Green Festival Kit of re-usable materials, that will allow us to abolish thousands of single use items from our festivals.