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Sustainability

Tramlines is a three day party for thousands of attendees each year however it’s our responsibility as a festival to ensure we are working to maximise the ways in which our event makes a positive impact, whilst reducing the negative impacts on Hillsborough Park, the environment and the community.

Events have positive economic and social benefits to society, and should be valued as such, but we do recognise that events inevitably have an impact on our immediate surroundings and the planet. 

We are working hard to reduce these impacts, you can read more below on how we’re doing this and what you can do to help!

Vision 2025

In 2022 we took the Vision: 2025 pledge and joined the community of events who are working together to create more sustainable events and work towards the goal of cutting environmental impacts by 50% by 2025. 

You can read more about Vision 2025 here.

Travel

Climate Change continues to be the biggest threat to our planet and the largest contributor for most festivals is customer travel. At Tramlines HQ we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and lowering our carbon footprint. 

We work with Ecolibrium to reduce the environmental impacts of travel, the largest source of emissions from live events. Customers can contribute donations upwards of £1 to Ecolibrium’s environmental restoration partners and support communities on the front line of climate change when purchasing tickets. 

As Tramlines is a metropolitan festival and easily accessible via public transport and walking routes, our carbon footprint is significantly less than most other festivals. In 2023 over 55% of the audience walked or got public transport to and from the event.

Water

There are water points situated at various locations in the festival, meaning it’s easier than ever for our customers to fill up their reusable water bottles. The water points are communicated with customers prior to the event through social media, email and our customer App.

Single Use Plastic

We have signed the AIF Drastic on Plastic are working hard to eliminate all non-essential single use plastic at Tramlines 2024. 

All plastic straws are banned across all bars and traders. All food traders packaging and cutlery will be certified compostable, including paper and cardboard cups, wooden cutlery and stirrers, and paper straws. 

All cups used for your drinks in 2024 will be recyclable, biodegradable, compostable and re-pulpable and most bars will be selling canned drinks. All trader’s drinks will also be served in cans.

Waste Strategy

Tramlines has a zero waste to landfill policy with a dedicated team of litter pickers who work throughout the festival and after the event, to leave the park as we found it. All waste is either sorted for recycling or energy production.

Behind the Scenes

  • Use of existing working spaces with mains power and water where possible.
  • No single-use plastics and fully biodegradable serveware for crew catering.
  • We serve Vegan and Vegetarian meals at crew catering.
  • We enforce a ride-share policy as part of our crew accommodation, encouraging all staff who work at Tramlines to share vehicles whilst travelling to site.
  • In 2023, we changed to HVO fuel for our generators at Tramlines. HVO stands for hydro-treated vegetable oil, sometimes known as Renewable Diesel. It is a fossil-free alternative to mineral diesel, resulting in up to 90% reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions.
  • We use low consumption/hybrid generators where back of house power is required, from the start of the festival build to the day we leave the Hillsborough Park.

What You Can Do

  • We encourage you to walk, cycle or use public transport to get to Hillsborough Park. For those outside the city, Sheffield is easily accessible from across the country by train. It has regular trains running around the region and considerably further afield. 
  • From here you have a multitude of options… Walking, Cycle, Taxi as well as Buses and Trams that bring you within a short distance of the festival site. All info can be found on the Getting Here section of our Website. We know that some of you will need to drive to Tramlines but if you can share a lift with another festival-goer or better yet, get a car full of you, we can reduce our carbon footprint.
  • Please bring your own refillable bottle to Tramlines as drinking water is provided throughout the festival site, there is no need to bring large amounts of bottled water with you.
  • Please use our bins and don’t drop litter on the floor, Tramlines is situated on a public park and we aim to protect the natural habitats, ponds and hedges that line the event site.
  • Cigarette butts and filters do not biodegrade and their fibres can take 10-15 years to break down. Each one has to be picked up and we’re yet to find anyone who enjoys this job, please use the bins available or bring a portable cigarette pouch.
  • We are all aware of the damage micro-plastics have on the environment and the oceans. There will be no glitter or bio-glitter available at the festival this year, we are also asking all festival goers not to bring any.
  • Please kindly donate to Ecolibrium on our ticket page. All proceeds go to funding renewable energy projects.
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