Cannes Film Festival Goes Green For 2021: Here’s How They’re Doing It

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In 2021 the Festival de Cannes puts in place a series of measures aiming at implementing its presence and future in an essential movement of which the cultural events must be committed environmental campaigners. 

They are taking steps to save the environment during the 74th Festival which will take place from July 6-17, 2021.

In a statement, the Festival shared: After several months of preparation with the consulting firm Green Événements, and driven by the determination of the organising team, the Festival's commitment will unite the efforts of all involved, from professionals, Festival-goers, official partners and service providers to the Palais des festivals and the Cannes Town Hall.

"The challenge is huge, but we will and must succeed, each year a little more, each year a little better. Today, we are taking an important and hugely ambitious step. We will report on it regularly, in very practical ways. The 74th edition will herald the future for a Festival that will last," said Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes & Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate.

In 2021, the Festival has decided to move up a gear, with a strong and reinvigorated ambition to integrate environmental requirements into the way the event is organised, based on a three-pronged strategy: Reducing, Recovering, Offsetting.

12 commitments to match the 12 days of the 74th Festival which will take place from  July 6-17.

1) A fleet of official cars composed of 60% electric or hybrid vehicles. All of these vehicles belong to the existing fleet and will be reused for the Festival. Until now, all vehicles have been thermal.

2) A 50% reduction in paper printing thanks to the continued dematerialisation of publications, a reduction in print runs and personal distribution on site. The Festival's most emblematic publication, the Official Programme, will be available online for all accredited persons and a subscription for the printed version will be launched from mid-May,

3) The total elimination of plastic water bottles (over 22,000 in 2019),

4) A 50% reduction in the volume of red carpet used, already fully recyclable and recycled

5) A 24% reduction in the volume of carpet used in the Village International areas

6) Responsible catering: each caterer will respect specifications encouraging the use of local circuits and fresh seasonal products, offer vegetarian alternatives, fight against waste in order to limit it

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7) Maintaining a waste recovery rate of over 95%. In 2019, 99% of the 250 tonnes of waste were recovered: 81% in material recovery and 18% in energy recovery

8) An environmental contribution from the Festival to compensate for the footprint of the event's production (preparation and assembly, technical means, by-products)

9) Raising awareness of eco-responsible actions among the organising team, Marché du Film exhibitors, service providers and accredited persons.

10) The appointment of a scientific committee of independent experts to select reliable and relevant compensation programs. During the next Festival, the committee will unveil the list of selected projects with a local, national and international scope, to which the sums collected by the contributions of the Festival and the accredited persons will be allocated

11) A soft mobility incentive thanks to a pass for access to public transport in the City of Cannes on presentation of the badge,

12) An environmental contribution of €20 (excl. VAT) from festival-goers to compensate for the footprint of their travel and accommodation

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