Many prominent local and international musicians and artists support CO2PENHAGEN. The different festival set-up has inspired them to work in new ways.

Loverearth (Dave Stewart of Eurythmics and Mark Warford) delivers a live concert transmitted from LA, saving CO2 by not flying to the festival.  The American band Mercury Rev has decided to focus on early film technology as a parallel to green technology. They collaborate with the Danish Film Institute to compose sound tracks to Danish silent films from the 1910s to 1940s, and performe these across the two days of the festival.

As their lead singer, Jonathan Donahue, say, ‘This festival is not just about saving the future. This is the future.’

Massive energy savings are achieved by designers creating innovative sets for the two stages using LED rather than regular lighting. In this way, you can experience fantastic concerts running on renewable energy, and beautiful light shows powered by energy-effecient LED lighting.

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The Activity Zone put the human being and its energy-creating capabilities on show. With the slogan ‘Get on your bike – and there’ll be music and light’, the DJ-stage is the heart of the Activity Zone.

The spinning wheels of 16 eTenzor fitness bikes generate power for music and LED lights while different teams compete in generating the highest amount of energy. Two big screens allow the audience to see how much energy is being generated.

Our funky health-master, Oscar Umahro runs our wonderful Smoothie Bar. Bike your way to a well-deserved smoothie, blended by the energy YOU created!

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CO2PENHAGEN demonstrates how technology can be incorporated into society in a creative and aesthetic way. This zone provides a platform for artists and designers to experiment with new technologies in artistic and interactive settings. Here, festival guests can relax and watch short films seated on specially designed sofas made from plastic recycled from construction sites.

The area is surrounded by art installations created by students of the Danish Design School and the Technical University. In one installation, made by the artists of Totem Collective and a group of engineers, people can jump from wooden stump to another to activate sensors and change the colour of LED lights in nearby trees.

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One aim of CO2PENHAGEN is to combine what Denmark does best – technology, design and architecture – with sustainability thinking. The Explore Zone is a showcase for cleantech innovations and provides exciting opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations and conversations. A whole area is for eaxmple dedicated to sustainable architecture, where one will hear lively discussion on tomorrow’s green cities.

Festival-guests can test-drive electric eco-cars developed by students of the Technical University of Denmark and party in a ‘disco’ bus fuelled by biogas. Or, they can play the water-cycle game developed by students, working with one of Denmark’s biggest companies, Grundfos to demonstrate the use of waterpumps.

Danish national radio broadcast live from the festival, including hip-hop songs about 2nd generation bio ethanol and absorption cooling, composed in the Explore Zone.

Enter an exciting world of the most innovative cleantech and share your ideas on climate issues with people, companies, and politicians in Grundfos’ confession box, ‘FUTURE-NOW’

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The philosophy of the Food & Fuel Zone is to combine ‘food for humans’ with ‘waste for energy’.With the aim of reducing the festival’s carbon footprint, the majority of food at the festival is prepared from organic and locally grown ingredients. As refrigeration is one of the biggest ‘energy eaters’ at the festival, frozen food is avoided.

Food is served on plates made out of wooden material and the cups and cutlery are made out of potato starch. Ingredients for the CO2CKTAIL BAR are chilled by absorption cooling, using the excess heat generated by the rapeseed oil power generator. In this way, no extra energy is used for cooling the cocktails.

With the help of ‘Waste for Fuel’ banners, the guests can sort their garbage in different types of waste bins: organic, non-organic, and wood. The bins themselves are made from corn starch. All the organic material is fed to the Stirling engine and the Viking gasifier that in return provide energy to the festival. Fifty plates at the festival will make enough energy for one song on the big stage.

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