Our Sustainability Commitment
ION recognises that we are facing a climate and ecological emergency in
which we all share responsibility: event producers, artists, the music
industry at large, and all who dance with us.
with our event partner Mainstage, we are using our creativity, privilege
and power to reduce our impact and invest in the environment, people and
communities for future generations.
Our initiatives include:
Carbon offsetting and nature conservation
- All tickets for ION come with a mandatory carbon offsetting fee.
Following the first edition of ION in 2022, we donated a total of
£14,744 to Cool Earth, supporting two communities in Peru’s
regions. These donations contribute to initiatives around rainforest
monitoring, wildfire prevention, and sustainable food production - for
example, fish, coffee and cacao farming - enabling these indigenous
communities to be self-sufficient, preserving the rainforest and keeping
carbon in the atmosphere.
For ION 2023, we will split the accumulated carbon offsetting fund
equally between Cool Earth, supporting the same projects again, and
EuroNatur, supporting their
projects preserving green belt land, wildlife and habitats in the
Balkans, campaigning against development, and working with local communities
on sustainability projects.
We are working in partnership with expert third parties to measure and
create a baseline for the environmental impact of ION events with the
aim to reduce and improve year-on-year.
Travel and transport
We limit vehicles allowed on site; all staff, partners and artists use
All guests are given the option to purchase shared transport to the
event and encouraged to use the festival shuttle to reduce travel
We work with local crews and volunteers to reduce international travel
We are working with the Albanian government to improve their recycling
We implement a reusable cup system; reusable water bottles are permitted
on site and Tetra Pak water is used at bars, with empties collected by
the supplier to be recycled, reducing waste and single-use plastics
We aim to share and reuse all materials across future ION editions, and
other events held on the site.
We are working closely with our power management contractor and teams
across site to prioritise energy conservation, maximise efficiency, and
monitor energy use
Post-event monitoring reports will be used to help inform strategy to
conserve energy, improving our systems year-on-year.
- All festival food traders use locally sourced produce
We work with onsite restaurants to educate them on the benefits of
vegetarian and vegan dishes, and encourage them to offer a variety of
No plastic food serveware is permitted on site; permitted materials
include wood, recycled paper/card or bamboo/vegeware.
Free and subsidised tickets are provided for residents of Albania and
Kosovo, terms and conditions apply - see FAQs for details.
What you can do
Use the bins provided. We recycle drinks cans, cups, tetrapak and glass
into new products off site.
Respect the local neighbourhood. Leave quietly and put any waste in
Do not bring any unnecessary plastic items to the festival - consider
leaving your plastic packaging at home, or buying products in
More about our nature conservation and carbon offset partners
Cool Earth back indigenous people and communities to conserve the
rainforest, joining them to fight for climate justice, across projects in
the Amazon, New Guinea and the Congo Basin.
EuroNatur’s nature and species conservation projects help preserve
Europe’s nature in its beauty and diversity. The foundation protects
large-scale natural landscapes as well as ecologically valuable cultural
landscapes throughout Europe.
Have you got ideas around what else we should be doing?
Please send them to [email protected]