T in the Park and TRNSMT
Ideeas have acted as environmental managers to Scotland’s largest music festival between 2008 and 2015. Our work has helped the event win Greener Festival awards through increasing recycling rates, improving public transport access, reducing power demand and generating interest in green issues at the festival.
More importantly, our role in protecting watercourses, biodiversity and ensuring a timely, professional site clean-up have helped ensure compliance with regulators and prevented pollution and contamination. At a time when other festivals have received fines for polluting watercourses, our long term relationships with SEPA, local authority staff and our experienced professional approach means that T in the Park has avoided regulatory concerns even in the wettest, toughest Scottish summer conditions.
Glasgow Green Maze
Ideeas ran a novel and imaginative green maze project in Glasgow’s George Square. Over 10,000 people visited the popular maze and those lucky enough to find the middle were rewarded with a chance to play a “Play Me I’m Yours” piano.
The whole event highlighted the environmental initiatives being carried out by Glasgow City Council during the Year of Green 2015 and demonstrated the Pavegen energy generating floor tiles – as visitors walked over the floor they generated renewable energy to charge their phones.
Environmental Impact Assessments
Ideeas have managed or contributed to over 50 Environmental Impact assessments.
Most recently we have provided EIA for mixed use development proposals in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, various housing developments in East Renfrewshire and Glasgow, and contributed specialist socio economic assessments for proposal in Perthshire and Hertfordshire. We have supported our EIA work at public inquiries, community consultations and with planning and environmental officers.
Lake of Stars, Malawi
In 2014 and 2015 we played the role of sustainability managers to Malawi’s leading music festival. Working with local communities we addressed social, economic and environmental issues, developing a local composting project from the festivals food waste and increasing the economic opportunities associated with the festival for over 50 local traders. We also helped run local community projects including a football tournament and visits by artists to the local Chipoka village.
Giffnock Recycling Bike
Working with our partners Big Green Feet Community Interest Company, we won Climate Challenge Funding in order to start Scotland’s most innovative recycling project. We collect food waste from restaurants in Giffnock by cargo bike, using pedal power to replace gas guzzling waste lorries. The food is taken to the Young Enterprise Scotland training centre locally and turned into compost using a Rocket composter.
Killearn Housing Development
We have advised a local landowner in Stirlingshire to help develop a piece of wasteland into a housing development site. Working with local planners and architects we have helped create a deal where the housebuilder will create a high quality design, bespoke to the site rather than a more traditional standard product approach.
Our expertise in music festivals is well recognised and at Wickerman we helped understand the economic benefits of a music festival in a rural location. Our report helped the local authority to determine how it might best support the festival to expand in future.
African Cup of Nations
We carried out an environmental review of the African cup of Nations football tournament held in Ghana. This covered building materials, waste and recycling, power generation and renewable energy, water conservation and fan transport options.
We also provided recommendations for enhancing sustainability at future tournaments.
New Community Allotments,
We brought four local community groups together and secured relevant permits and grant funding to create new allotment plots for up to 50 local gardeners. We came up with the idea of utilising a derelict site, brought the community groups into the team and set up a new not for profit allotments organisation to manage the plots. In our first year we saved an estimated 36tonnes of CO2e through reduced food miles and through an associated food waste reduction project.
Commonwealth Games Festival
Sustainability Manager responsible for achieving 80% recycling rate, introduced the Recycling bike and Recycling Ambassadors. 14 days of fan zones and street festivals, with sites accommodating 45,000 spectators.
We had particular success in protecting the Glasgow Green site, despite the wet weather, such that it was usable for the World Pipe band Championships just two weeks later.
Hebridean Celtic Festival Isle of Lewis
We secured Zero Waste Scotland support to trial a reverse vending operation which, in a novel and fun way, helped keep the site clear of used cups and cans while increasing the recycling rate to around 80%.
We also won Scotland’s first Outstanding Greener Festival Award.
In this European Interreg Project we are external experts advising partners from Slovenia, Crete and Finland on aspects of creating near ZeroCo2 buildings due to energy use (NZCO2EB). Our research will highlight current innovations, funding opportunities and the current levels of expertise in each of the partner countries. The findings aim to feed into new policy developments at the regional or national level.
RADAR Music Festival Bulgaria
For the 2017 event we were invited to Bulgaria to lead atelier discussion and sustainability advice at the RADAR festival, Varna.
RADAR takes place over four days and describes itself as “one of the most progressive events in Bulgaria” with a “wide variety of concerts, presentations, workshops, events for children and lectures”.
Clydesdale Low Carbon Club
We are leading Glasgow based Clydesdale Cricket club’s efforts to become the greenest clubhouse in Scotland. We have secured funds from e.on and the Climate Challenge und to embark on a major programme of replacing high energy uses, such as hockey pitch floodlights, with new low energy equivalents. We are introducing public transport and cycling initiatives, a recycling programme and developing a community outreach programme so that players can help their family and friends to make their own houses more energy efficient.
We have followed this by providing advice to five other sports clubs in the Glasgow area to follow similar proposals. For most of these clubs, there is potential to reduce energy bills by around £5,000 per year.