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Way Out West – a sustainable festival?

Sustainability issues, in general, and minimising our own ecological footprint, have, since the beginning, been important to Way Out West and everyone involved in the existence of the festival. In order to clearly define the requirements to be as sustainable as possible, Way Out West holds an ISO 20121 certification since 2013.

In addition to having chosen to be a city festival from the start, where the proximity of the festival area and suppliers reduces transport, and where the absence of a camping reduces emissions, Way out West has, since 2012 and 2015, been completely meat and largely dairy free. These are some clear examples of what has been done to reduce the environmental impact of the festival.

When Way Out West in 2013 received the ISO 20121 certification, it was the first festival in Sweden to be awarded it. Unfortunately, that is still the case in many places. Few other festivals in Europe have the same or equivalent environmental certification.

ISO 20121 implies sustainability on three different levels, and these are also the elements underpinning Way Out West’s entire sustainability work.

Ecological sustainability – Earth produces a certain amount of raw materials every day. Way Out West will never consume above this level. The ecological footprint (consumption of electricity, emissions from travelling, recycling, the festival area, etc.) will be reduced each year.

Economic sustainability – Luger as the organisation behind Way Out West takes responsibility for the long-term sustainability of the festival and end consumers. This is to make ends meet, have as many festival visitors as possible and ensure the longevity of Way Out West.

Social sustainability – keeping all stakeholders in mind in all aspects of the festival. Be considerate to ensure that all employees, visitors, suppliers, partners and artists are well in and around Way Out West, as well as taking into account the city of Gothenburg and its residents, all of which are affected by the presence of the festival in different ways.

Being ISO certified means a requirement list and continuous and thorough work. If you do not meet the requirements of ISO, you cannot keep the certification. Read more about the certification here.

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