The Fringe development goals are a series of collective commitments to ensure the festival is more inclusive, fair and sustainable. The goals were launched as part of our 75th anniversary in 2022, and include targets for climate action, including becoming a carbon net zero event by 2030.
Our travel emissions have decreased over the past six years and we work hard to continue this trend.
We have introduced a procurement process that enables our staff to make travel arrangements in advance, ensuring the most sustainable mode of travel can be sourced.
By investing in technology, we’ve been able to replace many of our in-person roadshows with online alternatives, including the FringeCast online advice series and our Fringe Connect and Fringe Marketplace platforms. This has not only decreased our need to travel but also that of future participants who previously needed to travel to in-person information sessions.
We use Claim Expenses software to record and measure our travel, enabling ethical decision-making.
We plan to review travel policy for Senior Managers and Board members and revise this in line with our sustainability strategy.
We have committed to avoiding air travel within mainland UK, choosing instead to either travel by rail or hold digital meetings. We’re also working towards providing similar options for Fringe participants.
We aim to create a carbon travel budget for each team in the Society and work with a travel partner to offset international travel.
We have signed a Climate Compact with the Edinburgh Climate Commission to demonstrate our commitment to significant change.
We meet regularly with the Festivals Edinburgh Environment Sustainability Working Group to partner with other festivals and the City of Edinburgh Council to identify wider city challenges and advocate for collective change.
We work with other festivals on developing solutions and lobbying for change where responsibility sits with local or Scottish Government on issues such as transport and travel digital infrastructure, waste management and renewable power.