Environmental sustainability is about looking after the environment and creating the best conditions for people and the environment.

Roskilde Festival brings together more than 130,000 people, all of whom consume and influence the environment  just like we do ourselves when building the festival.

And we all have a shared responsibility for looking after the climate, protecting nature and its biodiversity. We do this by reducing our consumption and by focusing on responsible procurement and consumption of water and energy. 

At the same time, we apply circular principles to reduce waste and ensure more and better recycling of waste. 

Read here about our objectives and focus areas that will contribute to environmentally sustainable development. 

Subjects on this page: 

  • Circular festival  
  • Sustainable partnerships 
  • Organic and sustainable trade 
  • Sustainable resource consumption
  • Increased public transportation

Circular festival 

The buy and throwaway culture is a threat to the state of the entire world, and the negative consequences of the consumer society are present at our festival as well as in the surrounding community. 

Over the past 20 years, the volume of waste at the festival have increased by 76 tonnes a year on average. We are determined to change that. 

We will do that through the principles of circular economy. Circular economy is about reducing the volumes of waste, reusing products and ensuring more and better recycling of waste. That is why we have developed a plan for our resource and waste management.  
 
Towards 2024, we will reduce the total volume of waste by 30 compared to 2019, which corresponds to a total reduction of waste of 600 tonnesand we will increase recycling to 55 %  
  
Read the resource and waste management plan

Sustainable Partnerships

Roskilde Festival's temporality and high population density make the festival city a unique laboratory in terms of sustainability, urban planning and new solutions. At the same time, innovation and new technology are pushing for sustainable development. 

Therefore, we collaborate with other organisations, businesses and educational institutions on sustainable solutions. Our long-standing partnership with Technical University of Denmark has given students the opportunity to test whether their products and ideas are strong enough in the meeting with the 'city' residents. 

Our partnership with Innovation Fund Denmark provides entrepreneurs and businesses with an opportunity to test innovative solutions on some of the world's challenges. 

Some partnerships are about new sustainable products. Our efforts against disposable drinking cups are made in collaboration with Tuborg and a number of other Danish festivals, while the Green Design Market was created in collaboration with the consumer guide GoGreen Denmark. 

Other partnerships are about changing attitudes. In 2019, the Danish Society for Nature Conservation and Renewable Energy engaged festival participants in cleaning up and sorting waste through games, and workshops, while the Green Student Movement prepared a guide for our participants on how to attend the festival in a sustainable way. 

Organic and sustainable trade

Sustainable trade at Roskilde Festival is about biodiversity, climate imprint and ethics 
 
Our organic development in the food stalls reached 90 % in 2017, and in 2019, every fifth meal of the total 1.6 million meals was 100 % organic, while the canteen for volunteers became 100 % organic. We have also initiated a comprehensive organic restructuring in the beverage area. 

Since 2018, we have systematically measured the carbon footprint of each meal based on a life cycle approach. In this way, in the future we can reduce the climate impact of meals by focusing on the stalls with the highest potential for change. 

Read more about our organic restructuring and climate focus in meals on this page. (in Danish only)

Sustainable resource consumption 

The size of Roskilde Festival can be compared to a larger city with hundreds of restaurants, shops and assembly points, and the more than 100,000 'residents' in the tent neighbourhoods need water and electricity for their daily activities. 

Roskilde Festival also affects the environment through its resource consumption. Here, our focus is, among other things, on reducing water consumption as well as lowering our electricity consumption and increasing its efficiency. 

In addition, we are developing a model for the presentation of CO2 accounts and expect to publish the first CO2 accounts in 2022. 

We primarily use electricity from the main power grid and from generators. We will expand our access to the power grid and thus phase out the use of diesel generators and gas consumption. This restructuring means that by no later than 2028 the festival will be 100 % driven by electricity from renewable energy sources and 80 as early as 2022, which is in accordance with the Danish Energy Agency's 2019 basic projection. 

At the same time, we are continuously increasing energy efficiency by switching to more energy efficient equipment. 

We are constantly working on reducing water consumption, and we continuously gather knowledge about our water consumption in order to launch effective initiatives and reduce consumption. 

Increased public transportation

We want as many people as possible to use public transport and thus minimise the impact on the environment as much as possible through their choice of transport. 

More than half of our participants already choose public transport or bicycle when they head to the festival. We therefore actively encourage everyone to use public transportation, and we deploy shuttle buses and trains to make it easy to arrive at the festival site using public transportation. 

At the same time, we encourage all motorists to carpool. 

Transport partnerships can help develop the right path. In 1996, the first train of festival-goers stopped at the station in the camping area. Since then, we have expanded operations and services, culminating in 2018, when we, through our partnership with DSB (Danish State Railways), built a larger and more modern station building and introduced even more fares between the festival and Copenhagen Central Station.