Program

DGTL Revolution aims to continuously keep sustainability top-of-mind. To meet this goal, we make fundamental changes to our festival set-up and in our day-to-day activities. Throughout the year, we search for the newest technological innovations and projects to help us reduce waste, lower CO2 emissions and increase awareness about sustainability amongst our visitors.

CIRCULAR FOOD SYSTEM
Together, we systemically need to change the way we obtain food and resources to prevent rising climate change, habitat loss and further soil degradation. Therefore, DGTL is launching a circular food system. The aim of this project is to offer as many as possible local/organic produced food to visitors. In order to achieve this, we strive to connect local urban farmers with food caterers. Moreover, it is our objective to eliminate food waste and food packaging. Residual food and bio-degradable disposables will be converted into compost within 24 hours at the Food Court. As a result, DGTL converts used materials in valuable resources. In addition, environmental threats induced by the distorted linear food system will be tackled by offering local/organic produced ingredients from Urban Farmers. 

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MEAT FREE, ALL VEGGIE CATERING
In 2016 we went all veggie with our catering. We welcome 40.000 visitors within two days and therefore we are able to reduce a significant amount of water, Green House Gas Emission and destruction of wildlife habitants and endangered species. Therefore, one of the criteria’s a caterer need to acquire is being entirely MEAT-FREE! 

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PEE RECYCLING
For Amsterdam we will also focus on the recycling of urine phosphate to produce plant fertilizer. This project aims to communicate, in a surprising and fun manner, that there are ways to recycle that might be highly unusual, although very interesting and effective. DGTL will install special toilet cabins, which will provide information on ecological issues such as the nitrogen cycle, the phosphorus crisis and water scarcity.

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URINE TO DRINKING WATER
One of the innovations of this year is the Semilla Sanitation Hub incollaboration with Innofest. Inside this 40ft shipping container the visitors urine will be converted to drinking water. A possible lifesaver for disaster relief areas. Who is brave enough to try?

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RECLAIMED WOOD ART
The frequency stage at DGTL will be decorated with organic wooden structures, symbolising our material flows. The wood “originates” from a shipping container which seems to “explode” with resources, coursing through the festival. After the festival, the wooden boards will be returned to it’s original material flow in order to be converted into wood-chips. Check it out here.

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PLASTIC TO OIL
Another project launched this year at DGTL is pyrolysis. Pyrolysis is the process by which plastics, which are currently hard to recycle, are converted into oil. The oil can than be used for new plastic production. 
 
The current amount of oil necessary for plastic production worldwide, is equivalent to the oil consumption of the global aviation sector (World Economic Forum, 2016). Pyrolysis decouples plastic production from the usage of crude oil. This makes it a game changing innovation. 
The innovation is still in development but will be visible at DGTL where our bottles caps will serve as input to be turned into oil!

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SMART ENERGY PLAN
The entire festival is powered by green energy. We decrease the use of generators by carefully planning and minimizing the amount of electricity needed, logging our usage, and using the in place electricity grid wherever possible. All the generators we do use run on biodiesel made from reclaimed cooking oils. 
 

HARD CUP ROTATION SYSTEM & CASHLESS SYSTEM
DGTL introduced the hardcup system with a deposit for every cup used. In doing so, we got rid of of plastic disposable cups, greatly reducing the amount of plastic waste generated. Our festival grounds are now clean throughout the entire festival and the cups we use instead are hard plastic reusable eco-cups.


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MATERIAL FLOW ANALYSIS
DGTL sees waste as a valuable resource and therefore they have launched a resource plan instead of waste plan. A part of this resource plan is the ‘Material Flow Index’, which is a new methodology to identify all incoming and outgoing materials of the festival and visualise them in this index. The purpose of this project was to develop means to encourage other festivals to also adopt a resource-based methodology, instead of continuing the current perspective on waste. 

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RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN
A lot of DGTL’s sustainability efforts are taking place “behind the scenes”. For example, we have replaced the standardised “Waste management plan” with a new “Resource management plan”. In this new plan we are taking the necessary steps to prepare our stakeholders for a completely new circular material flow system. If this new resource management plan proofs effective, DGTL could achieve maximum efficiency in recycling whilst minimising the resources needed. The resource management plan could drastically reduce the festival’s environmental impact, paving the way for possibly even regenerative systems.
 
 
EMBODIED IMPACT ANALYSIS
In 2017, DGTL created the worldwide first material flow analysis of a festival. It provided complete insight in all materials used for the festival. The next phase of this project is to add an embodied impact analysis, providing further insight in the festival’s environmental impact in terms of carbon dioxide release and land- and water usage. The resulting impact analysis will enable us to correct polluting system flaws, or implement sustainable alternatives which have a smaller environmental impact.
 
RECYCLE HUB
As DGTL is nearing its goal of becoming a waste-free festival, we are creating a new area on the festival grounds where visitors can see and experience the new resource management plan first hand. The goal is to provide complete transparency to both visitors and stakeholders in the way we treat resources, and handle our material flows. By providing this transparency, it becomes clear there is no such thing as waste. At the recycle hub, DGTL’s volunteers and resource management crew will prepare all resources for transport and the next stage of circular production.