Photo: Provinssi / Petri Anttila 


Making Provinssi happen means practically building a small village to Törnävänsaari every year out of nowhere. The services from electricity to toilets are brought to the area just for couple of days and tens of thousands of people, including the festival goers, campers, festival staff, stakeholders and artists, are arriving to Törnävänsaari for a party just for the one weekend from all over the world. It goes without saying that organizing a massive music festival causes always inevitable pollution and harm on the environment.

Provinssi has deserved its place as a green festival by decreasing its negative effects for environment a lot over the past years. We at Provinssi acknowledge our effects and we continuously aim to act for more sustainable event organizing.


Provinssi's environmental policy

Organizing an annual festival for 20 000-30 000 daily visitors never has an positive impact for the environment, but on the other hand festival’s large audience and multiple stakeholders make it possible for us to act as a powerful messenger for more sustainable future by spreading the word of festival’s green acts.

The greatest environmental act possible for an event is to influence its visitors. Our goal is to act as an example and influence our visitors, festival staff, volunteers, artists and partners and their environmental choices by our own environment positive attitude.

We are well aware of the festival’s environmental effects and aim to decrease them actively. Some of the forests in Törnävänsaari are protected and this is one reason for wanting to minimize the negative impacts on the environment – so we could celebrate the Festival Of The People in Törnävänsaari in year 2120, too.

Provinssi’s main goals for the next three years are banning the use of disposable plastic on the festival site, reduce the waste from Camp Provinssi to half of its present amount and decreasing the emissions caused by transport significantly. While doing these, Provinssi wants to keep their communication regarding environmental practices as transparent as possible.


Provinssi ❤ Environmental action

List of the actions taken in Provinssi to decrease the festivals negative environmental impacts:

  • Provinssi counts and compensates the festivals carbon footprint. From the beginning of the year 2019, Provinssi is a carbon neutral festival.
  • Provinssi has an environmental coordinator who works for developing the festivals environmental goals and procedures.
  • The festival area art is produced nearly completely with recycled materials. Provinssi prefers rentable, sustainable or multiyear materials in all purchasing.
  • 100 % of festivals waste has been recycled for many years, with the help of the local waste management company Lakeuden Ympäristöhuolto.
  • Provinssis own Green Team helps the festival goers with questions regarding recycling and environment during the festival.
  • Green power provided by the nearby water system is used on the festival grounds. Carbon emissions of the electricity used in Provinssi: zero.
  • Renewable diesel fuel is used for example in the festival buses, machinery, cars and possible generators on festival site.
  • The festival's food fendors have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to choose from.
  • There is a free bicycle parking area near to the main entrance of the festival
  • Provinssi got an Ekokompassi environmental certificate in 2016. The certificate was re-audited and renewed in 2019.
  • All the canvas products (wristbands, festival fan products...) are made of ecological materials.


Provinssi ❤ Carbon neutrality

Provinssi can now confirm that it has reached its environmental goal by reaching the status of a carbon neutral festival by the summer of 2019.

The carbon footprint for Provinssi 2019 was 265,8 tons CO₂ equivalent in total which equals, for example, to 1,7M kilometers driven by car in its emission. The carbon footprint of a single Provinssi festival goer is 3,63kg CO₂ e which equals to 1,5 coffee packages in its emission.

The calculations for Provinssi’s carbon footprint include factors in the traffic emission within passenger travel and logistics, energy consumption, purchases and waste disposal. Factors such as food sales, the festival's own fan products and customer travel were left out of the calculation because of the inability of Provinssi to impact those directly. 

The carbon footprint of Provinssi was compensated by a donation equal to its emissions to support a sustainability project aiming to slow down deforestry in Uganda. This Gold Standard certified project aims to replace cooking appliances running on non-renewable biomass by cleaner and more energy effective boilers. These new boilers lessen the need to cut down forests, save carbon sinks, and support the diversity of the local nature. The use of the new boilers also improves the local social conditions by, for example, creating savings for the families due to lower fuel costs, improving the air quality, and creating new jobs. A single new boiler lessens the carbon emissions by an estimated 2,5 tons of CO₂ per year. The donation by Provinssi enables more than 100 new boilers to be taken into use.

Kettle project
Photo: Nordic Offset


Provinssi ❤ Environmental friendly festival goer

Helps us achieve our environmental goals!

  1. Throw you waste to the correct bins! There are plenty of waste bins for all different waste types at the festival site. The Green Team will help you sort your waste correctly.
  2. Don’t throw your cigarettes to the ground! Did you know that cigarettes won’t ever decompose completely? You can sort your cigarettes as energy waste as long as you stub them out first.
  3. Bring only essential items to the festival site. By making sure you take everything what you brought with you and by cleaning your camp when leaving, you will significantly decrease the waste of the festival. Don’t throw away anything that can be reused. To ease the cleaning process you can pack smartly and travel only with the necessities.
  4. Don’t buy disposable items for the festival, such as tents, rain coats and earplugs. Prefer items that can be reused.
  5. Peeing in the bushes is prohibited (and embarassing). Rather use some of the 500 toilets at the site!
  6. Bring your own water bottle! There are plenty of water taps at the site where you can refill your own bottle. You are allowed to bring one max 0,5 liter empty / unopened, translucent bottle inside the festival area.
  7. Recycle and make money out of your bottles and cans! You can recycle your bottles and cans in the serving areas. Empty bottles and cans are also collected by volunteers in Camp Provinssi and other areas.
  8. Prefer public transport. We encourage our festival guests from other cities to arrive by public transport. It’s easy and it’s cheap! Who needs a car when the train is faster?
  9. If you really need to arrive by your own car, fill your vehicle with your dream squad and take your friends to Provinssi with you! Or use a carpool. Both ways!
  10. Every food vendor in Provinssi serves vegetarian and vegan options - try them out and make the world a better place!


Photo: Provinssi / Riikka Vaahtera