Become more eco-responsible by … going to a nightclub

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(ETX Daily Up) – Nightclubs are not just places of entertainment: they could become allies in the fight against global warming. As the COP climate conference 20 is in full swing in Glasgow, many nightclubs are launching initiatives innovative to make their mode of operation more “green”.

The Glasgow nightclub SWG3 gets to the rhythm of the COP 20. She took advantage of the climate change summit in the Scottish metropolis to inaugurate a promising installation that would recycle the heat given off by clubbers on the dance floor. The “Bodyheat” technology captures the heat of those present using heat pumps installed in the four corners of the disco. It is then transported to boreholes where it can be stored for days, weeks or even months.

This new energy recycling system was inaugurated on November 7, during a lively evening by American DJ and activist Honey Dijon. It could allow SWG3 to significantly reduce its energy consumption and save 30 tons of CO2 per year. And for good reason: the thermal energy emanating from the human body rises, on average, between 70 and 120 watts. That is the equivalent of the consumption of a computer for an hour.

What a night on Sunday celebrating our BODYHEAT energy system at the venue with @HONEYDIJON!

BODYHEAT is an innovative new method of thermal control that will reduce our site’s energy usage, with potential savings of up to 70 tonnes of carbon a year.

– SWG3 (@ SWG3glasgow) November 9, 120

The SW3G nightclub is not the only one trying to transform the dance floors into a source of renewable energy. The WATT club in Rotterdam is appreciated by Dutch night owls both for its musical programming and its ecological commitment. In particular, it houses a “sustainable dancefloor”, a dance floor whose slabs accumulate the energy released by the steps or swaying of clubbers. Sustainable Dance Club, the Dutch company behind this futuristic dance floor, estimates that each dancer can produce from 5 to 17 watts according to its activity in the disco.

Make eco-responsible nightclubs “cool”

If these initiatives may seem anecdotal Faced with the energy voracity of the world at night, they have the merit of making clubbers aware of the need to make discos “greener”. “People want to go out, but not be lectured on how to live their lives. By making sustainability cool, we can get the message out to a wider audience,” Michel Smit, founder of the music festival, told The Guardian. Rotterdam electronics.

Several European cities have given themselves the same mission, Berlin in the lead. The German capital aspires, like the rest of the country, to achieve carbon neutrality from here 2021. An ambitious project that requires the participation of nightclub owners and other professionals in the nightlife sector. It must be said that the Berlin electro scene is particularly energy intensive: a nightclub emits, on average, 28 tons of CO2 per year, according to BUND-Friends of the Earth Germany.

Faced with the scale of the phenomenon, the German NGO has joined forces with the association clubliebe eV and the Berlin clubs commission to help city ​​nightclubs to become more environmentally friendly. Through the Clubtopia project, they organize seminars connecting party tourism professionals with sustainability experts. The goal ? Encourage the nightlife to take concrete measures in favor of the climate, such as the use of LED lamps or better waste management.

“An average-sized club consumes about 1. 000 0 kwh on weekends, or as much as a single-parent household saving in one year. With the Clubtopia project, we want to achieve a significant improvement in the environmental footprint clubs, “Matthias Krümmel, manager at BUND-Friends of the Earth Germany,”

Managers of the Clubtopia project hope this initiative will encourage party tourism professionals to become more eco-responsible … just like clubbers themselves. Konstanze Meyer, project coordinator for Clubtopia, is convinced of this. “We must protect , protect them so that future generations can still create art and people can still meet there. It also means that we can use culture as a vehicle to raise awareness of eco-responsibility in all its aspects, “she said in an episode of the” Politics of the Dance Floor “podcast.” We can, by example, transmit good ecological behavior to clubbers […] and [leur montrer] that the experience is always so fun even if they go to party in an eco-responsible nightclub “.

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