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Boom Festival honoured with sustainability award

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The Boom Festival was honoured for the sixth consecutive year with the ‘Outstanding Greener Festival Award 2018’, an international award that awards exemplary events for the industry through its sustainability practices, was announced today.

The maximum distinction was attributed to seven festivals around the world, with the Boom Festival being the only Portuguese. In total, 35 festivals and events from 14 countries reached the prestigious prize in 2018, granted to initiatives that this year demonstrated a greater awareness of sustainability, and reduction of environmental impacts in 11 areas, including transportation, waste, energy, water and impacts on the local community, “the Boom Festival organization said in a statement.

The Boom Festival, which took place in Idanha-a-Nova, in the district of Castelo Branco, from July 22-29, 2018, was honoured for the sixth consecutive edition with the Outstanding Greener Festival Award, the most important events, attributed by ‘A Greener Festival’.

The environmental program that has earned this recognition is very extensive and encompasses everything from the obligation of all restaurants to use biodegradable material, through the creation of compost with food waste, sanitation, renewable energy, food recycling, to a program to revitalize the economy local “, reads the note.

This biennial independent culture event, held since July 1997 in Idanha-a-Nova, has already allowed 720 new trees to be planted since 2005 through the ‘Boomland’ reforestation program.

In the last edition, 40% of all the waste produced was recycled or used to produce organic compost and all the utensils used in the restoration were biodegradable.

The organization also used 213 Boom buses, which transported 10,176 people to the festival, increased the capacity for solar energy production, provided boomers for waste separation and sensitized the reduction of water consumption in one of the zones. drought and to reduce the use of plastic.

In addition to the dozens of projects focused on environmental sustainability, the Boom Festival reinforced its role in social issues in 2018. Social and environmental action projects were created in Beira Baixa, efforts were made to employ people from the region, privileged the national products, local and, in the case of food, great focus on the biological, “he maintains.

The Boom was also invited by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), a member of the United Nations Music & Environment Stakeholder Initiative.

He also won the ‘European Festival Award 2010 – Green’n’Clean Festival’ and the ‘Green Inspiration Award 2012’.

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