Environmental Policy


Kambe’s mission is to deliver exceptional festivals and events that make a positive contribution to society and our shared future. We aim to manage our operations with pioneering environmental practices and social responsibility at their core. We endeavour to play a leadership role, inspiring audiences, the wider festival industry and society to make positive changes that contribute to happiness and a positive future for all life on the planet.

Business summary

Kambe is a sustainable events company, delivering a portfolio of owned events, which are pioneering, green and socially responsible. Kambe is also at the forefront of research, having co-founded and taken an active role in many industry initiatives including Powerful Thinking, Energy Revolution.

Five directors–shareholders own the business and the team of full and part-time staff work from offices in Birmingham, Bristol and London.

The largest event, Shambala is a 19,999 person capacity, four-day camping event. Other events include Swingamajig, Starry Skies and Reggae City.

Kambe also offers environmental consultancy to other festivals and the directors offer their expertise in pro-bono support to a number of non-profit organisations.

Environmental statement

We are committed to having the lowest possible negative impact on the natural world, and endeavour to make a net positive contribution by:

  • Actively measuring and monitoring environmental impacts
  • Minimising the overall carbon (C02e) impact(s)
  • Reducing waste and managing disposal responsibly
  • Reducing supply chain impacts of all types
  • Identifying and capitalising on positive behaviour change opportunities
  • Managing relationships with fairness and social responsibility

We recognise that festivals have several key areas of negative impacts including:

  • Audience and contractor travel
  • Food supply chain and sourcing
  • Energy and fuel consumption
  • Waste production and management

We also acknowledge that our business and events are uniquely placed to inspire and improve our supply chain, contractors and audiences to lead to a more sustainable future.

Reducing Impacts

Kambe is committed to addressing its impacts in all areas of the business.

  1. Offices

Each office is expected to adhere to the Company Sustainable Procurement Policy and all tenants are asked to follow the guidance.

All office sites are expected to have in place:

  • Energy efficiency and/or renewable tariff (where possible)
  • Recycling Systems
  • Ethical purchasing (e.g. FSC and Fairtrade products)

An annual review of progress and performance will ensure continuous improvement.

  1. Events

Kambe sets minimum standards and targets for continuous improvement across all events:

  • Annual Green Action Plan
  • Food concessions minimum standards
  • Sustainable Travel Policy, including balancing at POS with Energy Revolution
  • Monitoring and measuring impacts
  • Completing the Julie’s Bicycle IG tool
  • Waste Management Policy

The team recognises the value in existing relationships, and where possible works with existing stakeholders to make the changes required to meet the above.

Carbon measurement and accountancy 
Kambe will undertake carbon analysis of company operations, our property and event- by-event on ongoing basis, and compensate through robust initiatives, with the aim of being carbon net positive.

Continuous Improvement

Kambe recognises that reducing impacts is an on-going process of improvement, and that resource and budget constraints will necessitate a pragmatic approach and prioritisation. However, we are committed to a process of reviewing our performance annually in order to identify successes and improvements, informing changes to strategy.

This Environmental Policy will be reviewed on an annual basis by the Company Directors.