Junction 2 recognises that we are facing a climate and ecological emergency in which we all share responsibility, from event promoters and artists, to the music industry at large and all those who dance with us.
This year, we want to renew our pledge to lead in our community, communicate truthfully and transparently, and to hold ourselves, our audience and collaborators to account. We are striving for net zero carbon emissions at Junction 2 Festival by 2024, and will push beyond this, going carbon negative by 2025; using our creativity, privilege and power to contribute to global and local projects that preserve the natural environment for future generations, and to give back to communities on the front line of climate impacts.
Junction 2 aims to leave a better world by...
1. Taking responsibility for tomorrow:
That means understanding our climate impacts, negative and positive, and doing something about it.
2. Telling it how it is:
We will be ambitious, remain transparent and base our actions on science. We will tell it how it is every step of the way, reporting annually.
3. Using our voice:
The environment and the global majority at the frontier of the climate crisis, will have leading roles in our festival every year from now on.
4. Going beyond:
We will go beyond net zero emissions, find ways to invest in the future, and be leading-edge in the dance music space in climate action.
5. Taking everyone with us.
We will communicate what we do and why, working with our audience, and everyone involved in Junction 2, to do great things together.
As a live event, we recognise our key areas of environmental impact as follows:
We also recognise our potential positive impact with our community and audiences to inspire action beyond the festival.
We’re already on our way with sustainability measures. We have declared a climate emergency, almost phased out single-use plastic, and managed energy efficiently, but it’s time to go further.
Our new strategy sets ambitious targets, and a path to meeting them. We will take steps to be leading-edge in ‘taking responsibility for the future’ in the UK dance music scene.
Priority action areas:
This strategy sets out clear goals, principles and the steps we will take to reduce environmental impacts and inspire our community to take action.
We will create policy, plans and guides that will communicate standards and practices to all stakeholders with the aim that everyone understands the role they play:
We will significantly reduce emissions, aiming for 90% (scope 1, 2 & 3), and responsibly balance the unavoidable. We will use third party carbon calculator tools and work with partners who can help us to measure following the globally recognised Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). Our team will be certified Carbon Literate by the Carbon Literacy Project in 2023. Our journey to beyond net zero will take 3 years:
We will put measures in place to maintain environmental standards and reduce impacts across the supply chain by:
We pledge to lead in our community, communicate truthfully and transparently, and to hold ourselves, our audience and collaborators to account. We won’t always get it right, but we will stay sharp, keep learning, and do our best – ‘we give a shit’.