Werchter festivals want to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030

The three big music festivals in the Flemish town of Werchter - Rock Werchter, TW Classic and Werchter Boutique - want to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by fifty percent by 2030. The organisation announced this in a press release on Tuesday. The festivals are proposing a number of measures to achieve their goal.

One important measure is the night trains provided for Rock Werchter. During the last pre-corona edition in 2019, too, festivalgoers could use night trains. After each festival day this year, two night trains will run from Leuven station in two different directions: one to Mechelen/Antwerp and the other to Brussels/Ghent-Sint-Pieters. The night train comes at a fixed cost of 12 euro. A bus ride from the festival site to Leuven station is included in the price.

Ticket holders for Rock Werchter can still ride the 'normal' daytime trains to the festival for free. Those with a ticket for TW Classic or Werchter Boutique do have to pay a fee.

In order to reduce waste, the Werchter festivals are offering a drink voucher to anyone collecting 15 cups or bottles on the site. Until now, visitors received a drink voucher for 20 cups or bottles.

Most stages will still need diesel generators, although according to the organisation "fewer than ever" will be used.

One of the four stages at Rock Werchter, The Slope, will run entirely on green energy supplied by energy platform Bolt. Bolt is a platform on which generators of green energy and consumers can find each other.

Other stages or energy supplies will still need diesel generators, although according to the organisation "fewer than ever" will be used.





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