Rototom Sunsplash has won the award for ‘Most Sustainable Festival’ at the 2022 edition of the Fest Awards, held this Wednesday at the Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao.
The category in which Rototom was selected as a finalist, along with Ribeira Sacra and PortAmérica, rewards the festival with the greatest commitment to the sustainable development of the town where it is held and the respect and good work of the event with the environment and society.
Thus, this award recognises the environmental commitment of the reggae macro-event, which this summer became the first festival of its kind in Europe to monitor its emissions to verify its impact on the environment, through the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification, with the challenge of being able to neutralise its carbon footprint.
The award was collected by Claudio Giust, communications director of Rototom Sunsplash.
In its last edition, held from 16 to 22 August 2022 in Benicàssim under the slogan ‘We must change the world’, the event has once again reinforced its environmental commitment, already reflected in the fact that it is a ‘plastic free’ event. Once again this year it has done away with water bottles – this year 140,000 units have been prevented, which is equivalent to more than 39 tonnes of CO2 no longer being emitted into the atmosphere – and has installed more fountains and water refilling booths, with the collaboration and participation in these logistics of Tuawa+Global Omnium, and Ecozona Iberian.
In addition, the festival has championed its system of reusable cups for solidarity: all the proceeds have been donated to Casda and Conquistando Escalones to support the hopeful research in the fight against AIDS.
The Fest Awards are the only recognition in Spain for music festivals and aim to encourage their quality and value the work they do. This ninth edition has been the comeback, recovering its usual format after an honorary award ceremony held last year as a result of the pandemic.
The Fest Awards 2022 have been presented in 19 categories and have counted with the participation of 150 festivals.