Green Rider

Like many other music organisations, Europe Jazz Network (EJN) is concerned about the sector’s impact on the environment and wants to be part of efforts to tackle climate change. Since 2014, EJN has been discussing, researching, implementing and advocating for the adoption of environmental policies and more sustainable technical riders in our music sector.

Our flagship project - Take The Green Train – has been a source of inspiration for our members, and a testing ground for innovation. Having previously shared recommendations for a ‘green rider’ for venues, festivals and artists, we are now publishing this new section on our website, which includes broader guidelines for environmental sustainability in the music sector.

The EJN Green Rider has evolved from the technical rider that Julie’s Bicycle first developed in 2017. This was adopted in the same year for a solo “green pilot tour” of saxophone legend Evan Parker by train in Europe. Since then, this initial version of the rider (built for a solo, acoustic tour) has been discussed and developed through different working groups of EJN members. It has functioned as a working document  – one that has constantly evolved – and has been used by many members for their events, and has been shared at many conferences and seminars by EJN and partners.

The EJN Green Rider has now taken its final shape, presented here below, with the help of Fondazione Ecosistemi, who provided technical knowledge and concrete examples of the benefits that using these guidelines will bring, presented in order of relevance and impact.

We want to inspire different actors of the music sector to take concrete and positive steps forward, each one in its own capacity and role: organisers, artists/agents, and audience members.


1.1 Guidance for organisations, venues, festivals & event producers
1.2 Guidance for a Green Office
1.3 Guidance for Event Organisation & Production
1.4 Guidance for Waste Prevention & Sustainable Waste Management
1.5 Guidance for Cleanliness & Sanitation
1.6 Guidance for Choice of Location (Outdoor Event)
1.7 Guidance for the enhancement of the venue or event location & local communities

Part 2: MOBILITY (Travel & Accommodation) - download pdf file
2.1 Guidance for mobility (Travel)
2.2 Guidance for cultural workers (staff)
2.3 Guidance for artists (and their managers, agents, etc)
2.4 Guidance for accommodation for audiences, cultural workers (staff) and artists

Part 3: GREEN CATERING (Catering & Restaurants) - download pdf file
3.1 Guidance for Green Catering
3.2 Guidance for backstage situations

Part 4: GREEN COMMUNICATIONS - download pdf file
4.1 Guidance for Printing
4.2 Guidance for Communication & Public Information
4.3 Guidance for Calculating & Offsetting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Part 5: SPONSORSHIP, SUPPLIERS & ADVOCACY - download pdf file
5.1 Guidance around selecting and servicing sponsors, suppliers and advocates