ZERO CARBON

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Being a Zero Carbon event means that the amount of greenhouse gases emitted is equal to the amount absorbed by nature through plants, which use CO2 to perform photosynthesis or neutralized by exchange of more polluting engines for cleaner technologies. Rock in Rio’s account, audited by an independent consultant, includes from emissions generated by the displacement of bands, audience and merchandise and energy spent on the event production to energy consumption spent on treatment of waste generated during the festival, including assembly and disassembly.

Until 2016, 118 thousand trees will be planted to compensate for emission generated by Rock in Rio, so far 43 hectares of forest have been recovered. Additionally, Rock in Rio concluded projects to improve environmental conditions of industries in Brazil.

Rock in Rio Las Vegas will receive near 320,000 music fans during its 4 days in early May, 2015. It is known that significant emissions of greenhouse gases will be dispensed in atmosphere mainly due to attendees and supplies transportation and fossil fuel powered equipment. Rock in Rio has a sustainability policy and is engaged with the emission management through its offsetting. The main concern about offsetting is choosing the adequate methodology and ensure the highest environmental integrity standard.


For this reason, Rock in Rio has chosen Neutralize Carbono solution that promotes the offsetting of GHG emissions through the cancellation of Certified Emission Reduction (CERs) issued by UNFCCC. Among several unique criteria, CERs generated within UNFCCC system has to comply with a set of eligibility criteria that includes at least 2 third party assessments for validation and verification, local government approval and UNFCCC executive board registration. One of the critical eligibility criteria is the presence of “additionality” which means precisely that the project emission reductions needs to be financed by CERs market value, otherwise, project is unfeasible. This criteria ensures that buying those CERs is a real contribution predicted at the emissions reduction project business case approved, validated and registered by UNFCCC and its agents, ensuring the highest level of environmental integrity available worldwide. Further, all projects that generate CERs has to be developed on a developing country and 2% of its resources are allocated to the UN adaptation fund that has invested 232 million dollars aiming more than 200 million vulnerable people, making the offsetting, with CERs, also an important social instrument on a global scale (see more in https://www.adaptation-fund.org/funded_projects/interactive).

We hope you all enjoy the event and engage on the low carbon economy.

For further information, contact us: sustainability@rockinrio.com