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Eurovision has set the standard for the rest of the world, with the biggest TV concert in the world running entirely on sustainable resources.
If you didn't catch the Eurovision finals last night, here is the winning song:
The 60th Anniversary of Eurovision was held in Vienna this year and had roughly 200 million viewers worldwide. The event also included Australia in the competition this year, because apparently we are responsible for a huge part of their annual viewership. The event had 1,700 media representatives, delegations from 39 countries and 100,000 visitors at the Vienna City Hall.
Eurovision is now the biggest TV entertainment event in the world – so what impact would it have on the environment? Music events require a lot of power, but luckily this year Eurovision recognized that it needed to adopt environmental standards, and certified itself as a Green Event.
“The ‘Green Song Contest’ allows us to prove that even a big event can be green and gives us the opportunity to transfer our high standards for climate and eco-friendly events to the whole world.”- Federal Minister Andrä Rupprechter
So what measures did they take to reduce their carbon footprint?
The catering for the event: all food and drink supplied to the artists and guests was 100% high-quality organic food from Austria. Avoiding waste was a top priority so beverages were in reusable cups and tap water was provided for free at the event – no plastic water bottles in sight!
Electricity: The energy used to power this event was taken from the environmentally benign public grid – no diesel power units were used at all.
Tickets: They even made sure that the concert tickets could be reused as public transport tickets to and from the event to reduce waste.
Television broadcasting: event organisers monitored the environmental impact of crossing over live to all 39 countries and correspondence presenters, so that the carbon footprint can be reduced for future events.
Since 2010 there have been more than 300 meetings and about 100 events to get Eurovision certified with the Eco-label. Eurovision is now by far the biggest event to be organized with the Green Events Eco-label standard. Incredible!
This goes to show that even the biggest television event in the world can run off sustainable energy and eco-friendly products. Now there is no excuse – eco-friendly is the future of events like these, and we couldn't be happier that Europe is setting the standard!
If you're wondering how Australia went in the comp, we came 5th! Here is Guy Sebastian's performance:
Feeling good? We are! Thank you Eurovision, for including Australia and proving that sustainable events are the best events in the world!
What you can do
Recycle at home or away to avoid wasting resources
Recycle everything you can. Anything made from metal, wood, most plastics, paper and cardboard, and electronic e-waste are all likely to have a recycling option.