Background

Green Your Festival is an initiative of participating local authorities in Ireland’s Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN). LAPN is one of many resource efficiency programmes being implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency  as part of the National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP).

The EPA’s National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) was launched in April 2004. It is now entering its 9th year, making it the oldest National Waste Prevention Programme in Europe. During this time, the Programme has launched a number of initiatives, all aimed at reducing wastage and saving money (Resource Efficiency).

In 2012 the NWPP initiatives were branded under a new BeGreen (Preventing Waste & Saving Money) umbrella. The various initiatives, not only substantially raised awareness of Resource Efficiency in Ireland, but also resulted in a combined saving of €13 million in Irish industry and commerce.

The programmes operating under the BeGreen umbrella are:

  • Green Business Initiative
  • Green Festivals Programme
  • Green Homes
  • Green Hospitality Programme
  • Green Retail
  • €co-Cert
  • SMILE

Also within the NWPP is the Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN), which operates a number of initiatives at a local and regional level. Among these initiatives is Green Your Festival.

Following on the successful completion of the Local Authority Prevention Demonstration (LAPD) Programme (2006 – 2009) the EPA has since continued to provide support to local authorities in Ireland under the Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN). Clean Technology Centre at Cork Institute of Technology also provides expert advice.

It was apparent at the commencement of the National Waste Prevention Programme in 2004 that local authorities are very well placed to provide a key conduit to local communities and businesses for the promotion of waste prevention. The local authorities participating in LAPN are exemplars of sustainable local government and LAPN itself has become a major element of our National Waste Prevention Programme.

And those local authorities involved in Green Your Festival are showing how fun can be green. Why not follow their example?

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