Sustainability and our commitment to the environment

In line with the Sustainable Development Objectives of the UN and the Commitment to Sustainable Tourism for the Barcelona Biosphere, over the past years at Sónar we have introduced measures that minimise the impact of the activities of the festival. These actions are the result of a combined project between our equipment managers, suppliers, partners and the festival itself.

To date, the measures implemented are as follows:

Elimination of plastics and single use materials 

We’ve eliminated 90% of single use plastics throughout the festival, from hospitality through to infrastructure. 
Bar service is provided exclusively using reusable and recyclable cups. Drink products are delivered to us by suppliers in recyclable glass containers, recyclable Tetra Briks or Duotanks. 
Nearly all of our food stalls use km0 - close proximity - products. All our catering supplies are 100% biodegradable and all leftover food is donated via charities.

Waste management and reusable materials

In collaboration with Fira de Barcelona, we manage an integrated waste recycling process (paper, cardboard, glass, packaging, etc.) 
The festival reuses 90% of the materials used for set-up and decoration (carpets, furniture, stage decorations, signages and the lawn of the SónarVillage itself).

Mobility

90% of our suppliers are companies who are based in the Barcelona area. In this way, we minimise transport and promote local production and industry. 
In terms of mobility, both Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night are easily accessible via public transport, by bike or on foot. Both sites are connected door-to-door by shuttle buses. With your festival ticket, you also get a 25% discount on the Hola Barcelona Travel Card, which allows you to get around the city and metropolitan area.

Energy efficiency

The entirety of the festival's electricity consumption is sourced from renewable energy. The Sónar by Night venue has one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic parks in the world with 25,947 panels on 135,000 m2.
All the air-conditioned spaces within the festival are managed used IoT  technology which enables the optimisation of consumption at any moment. The festival is lit using low consumption LED lighting.
In collaboration with Fira de Barcelona, we have implemented a carbon footprint calculation and collaboration scheme, using CleanC02 certification, which identifies the sources of greenhouse gases inherent to the festival’s activities.

The commitments of our partners

Our partners have also signed up to our environmental commitments. The festival bag designed by Desigual is made of 100% recycled materials; we’ve introduced plant-based meat substitutes via Heura and dairy-free drinks with Alpro; all Coca-Cola and Damm products are provided to us in recyclable packaging or returnable containers. Back Market reconditions electronic devices in order to extend their lifespan; Meller does the same with sunglasses. Tezos is one of the most sustainable blockchain platforms in existence.

Towards a fully sustainable festival

Over the next three years, we will add to the work we’ve already been doing. We’ll introduce a specific plan that determines both the flow of materials and energy sources that we will need to introduce in order to put on a fully sustainable event in 2025.