Sustainability

Edinburgh is beautiful and we want to keep it that way! Edinburgh's Hogmanay is committed to ensuring that the events we produce have a minimum impact on the environment and a lasting, positive impression on our audiences.

Our Festival Green Champions work closely with our staff, artists and suppliers to realise the ambitions set out within our environmental policy. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint by minimising and recycling waste generated, reducing energy and water consumption and promoting sustainable methods of travel whilst creating our events. We work closely with Festivals Edinburgh and Creative Carbon Scotland in conjunction with Edinburgh's 12 major festivals to learn and share experiences.

Ways you can help

Travel

Many of our Festival venues are easily accessible on foot or by public transport. See our 'Getting Here / Getting Home' page for more information. You can off-set the carbon produced by your journey to Edinburgh when purchasing event tickets. Recycled Brochures All brochures left at the end of the festival are recycled. You can help us by recycling your copy of our brochure when you are finished with it, by passing it to a friend or leaving it at the box office during the festival. Use Our Website You can go paperless by browsing a digital copy of the festival programme on our website. You can also book your tickets online and receive your tickets straight to your email address as e-tickets. 

Underbelly is a UK-based live entertainment company that runs several festivals and events across the country. Underbelly understands that the events that it manages have environmental, social and economical impacts. It is therefore committed to the development, implementation and continual improvement of a sustainable event management system to minimise any negative impacts of its operations.

Underbelly’s approach is to embed sustainable management principles across all events for which it is responsible.

Underbelly’s sustainable event management principles are:

  • Integrity & Ethical Behaviour: To act ethically and with integrity in our event operations with regard for the law and without bias, including in our dealings with our employees, customers, suppliers and towards society and the environment.
  • Inclusivity & Accessibility: To produce high quality events which are inclusive and accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
  • Environmental Performance: To minimise the impact of events on the environment.
  • Collaboration & Transparency: To collaborate and build relationships with stakeholders and the general public and to ensure that all stakeholders have access to all relevant information about event operations.
  • Legality: To meet and exceed all applicable legal and regulatory requirements in all activities.
  • Stewardship:  To show leadership and best practice in sustainable event management.

Underbelly is committed to continual improvement and will monitor its performance against agreed sustainability objectives, which is reflected in our ISO20121 accreditation.

Underbelly are also members of the Green Arts Initiative. It is an accreditation scheme that enables us to become greener in our activities, and become part of a growing network of arts and culture organisations across Scotland trying to reduce their environmental impact.

If you have any comments, questions or feedback about how we can improve sustainability at our events please email sustainability@underbelly.co.uk.

We're busy behind the scenes doing as much as we can to realise our ambitions, but we need your help us to make our festival greener and cleaner, so here's some things you can do before, during and after our events;

Travelling to our events

  • If you don't live in Edinburgh consider the most sustainable way to travel here and back home. If air travel is your most suitable option, please consider your route carefully by booking direct flights where possible.
  • Make use of public transport when possible (you can visit Lothian Buses, Edinburgh Trams, or First Edinburgh, Scotrail, Citylink among others);
  • If you have to travel in a vehicle, please consider car share schemes, such as LiftShare or Tripshare.  
  • Walk to and from the events when possible. Most of our events take place in the heart of the city and are easier and quicker to reach by foot! Walkit Edinburgh is a great resource for planning your journey to a venue, displays the route, time it will take you and the CO2 you will save.
  • When travelling around the City, try cycling. You can plan your journey at Cyclestreets and find out about parking stands in Edinburgh by visiting here.
  • As part of our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, and alongside efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the festival itself, in a first for the Edinburgh Festivals, we are inviting our audiences to offset their journey to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay in 2019. All donations to the environmental fund, which are calculated in accordance with the method of transport and length of journey, are made at the point of purchase when booking tickets via edinburghshogmanay.com and will be used to create new woodlands in Scotland in partnership with Forest Carbon. All woodlands are independently audited and certified under the UK Woodland Carbon Code. 

Staying in Edinburgh

When considering where to stay in Edinburgh, you can find out which accommodation providers have committed to reducing their environmental impact through the Green Tourism Business Scheme here

Recycle

  • Dispose of your waste responsibly by using the recycling systems in place. If you can't find a recycling system near you, take it home and recycle it if you can and keep Edinburgh tidy
  • Recycle any Festival brochures or leaflets when you are finished with them.
  • Reuse cups at the bars and food outlets as many times as you can
  • Visit our website, or sign up to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for event updates so we can reduce the amount of print material we produce
  • Tell all your friends about the importance of helping us with all of this to reduce the impact Edinburgh's Hogmanay has on the environment.
  • If you have any other ideas on how to make Edinburgh's Hogmanay greener, please feel free to share them using #edhogmanay!