AGF reveals festivals and events hitting sustainability targets 

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A Greener Festival (AGF) has revealed that 43 festivals and events from 13 different countries have achieved the AGF Certification for sustainability in 2022. 

AGF Certification is a comprehensive standard for sustainability in the live events sector for festivals and events reducing waste, emissions and enhancing equality and biodiversity.

Some of the events that achieved certification in 2022 include the UK’s Green Gathering; Strawberry Fields in Australia; Germany’s Das Fest; DGTL in the Netherlands; Robin Hood Annual Benefit in the US; the UK’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant; We Love Green in France and Primavera Sound in Spain.

AGF chief executive Claire O’Neill said: “After the challenges of COVID and economic instability, we’re so happy that the festival and event sector increasingly fix sustainability at the top of the agenda.

“Our need to move away from fossil fuels, industrial animal agriculture, and towards clean energy and mobility, enhanced biodiversity and diversity has never been more stark. We congratulate those who are taking responsibility and action, and stress there is much work still to be done.”

Ceremonies are set to take place at ESNS in Groningen, Netherlands today (Thursday) and at the Green Events and Innovations (GEI15) conference on February 28 in London. GEI will also host the AGF International Awards where the best certified events across a number of green categories will be crowned.

Some other events that have achieved certification include Boom Festival in Portugal; the UK’s BST Hyde Park; SWR3 in Germany; the UK’s Shindig Festival and more.

We Love Green’s Marianne Hocquard added: “Sustainability has been at the heart of We Love Green’s production and contents since the beginning. We are pleased that our innovations and advances are followed and recognised by international institutions. They require moving the lines, rules, standards, habits, and all the festival teams are involved in this daily work.”

Full list of certifications below:

Greener Festival and Event certifications – ‘Outstanding’

Cambridge Folk Festival  (UK)

DGTL  (Netherlands)

Green Gathering (UK)

Øyafestivalen (Norway)

Paradise City Festival  (Belgium)

Pete the Monkey  (France)

Platinum Jubilee Pageant  (UK)

Shambala  (UK)

We Love Green (France)


Greener Festival and Event certifications  – ‘Highly Commended’

American Express presents BST Hyde Park  (UK)

Boom Festival  (Portugal)

Primavera Sound Festival (Spain)

Robin Hood Annual Benefit (USA)

Sonidos Líquidos (Spain)


Greener Festival and Event certifications  – ‘Commended’

Bordeaux Open Air (France)

Cridem pel Clima (Spain)

De Zon Festival (Netherlands)

elrow Town (Netherlands)

Greenbelt Festival (UK)

MadBlue (Spain)

Pleinvrees Festival (Netherlands)

Strafwerk (Netherlands)

walden festival (Belgium)


WoNDeRFeeL (Netherlands)


Greener Festival and Event certifications – ‘Improvers’

Bloodstock Open Air (UK)

Brockwell Live (UK)

Das Fest (Germany)

Deer Shed (UK)

FUSE International Dance Showcase (UK)

Leopallooza (UK)

Luno presents All Points East (UK)

Manchester Góbéfest (UK)

Manchester Mega Mela (UK)

MetalDays (Slovenia)

Rosendal Garden Party (Sweden)

Shindig Festival (UK)

Standon Calling (UK)

Strawberry Fields (Australia)

SWR3 (Germany)

Underneath the Stars (UK)

Valley Fest (UK)