Our efforts for a durable festival

This year, the Brussels Games Festival’s aim is to raise consciences regarding our influence on the environment. Our objective is not only to create a reflection on board games and its impact on the environment (is the playful production compatible with ecology? How can boardgames foster responsible behaviours?…) but also to act during the festival to lower our ecological imprint and encourage our public to do the same…

The BGF’s actions…

 

Back in the days, the BGF tried hard to set up actions to sensibilize the public to salvage. In fact, the Games Market that was implemented since the beginning of the festival aims at promoting eco-responsible behaviours. It enables to give a new life to hundreds of board games that we forgotten on our shelves, doomed to be left-behind. Last year, more than 400 games were put in sale by participants of the festival by the area planned by the BGF’s team! The festival’s partner, Bruxelles Environment, helps us organize a sustainable event. Sometimes, we can help with little actions, but when cumulated with each other have a powerful impact on environment: use of biodegradable dishes, ecocups, use of composting toilet, waste sorting…

 

But this year, our team decided to explore further and improve its actions. Thus, the creation of the companion app, programme available on the internet, enable to reduce paper print runs on the festival, print runs that are for the rest realized with recycled paper. To reduce our paper consumption even more, we decided this year to informatized our games library. Our goal is also to reduce the use of transports for our part (the life-size games are provided by a closer games library to the festival than the year before), but also for yours, with an access to the park in public transport or bike, with the access to a bike parking. This year we will also be using organic and compost dustbins as well as sorting waste.

 

However, the BGF’s aim is also to encourage you taking part in this process. First of all, our wish was to sensibilize our public to these stakes. To do so, conferencies will be held during the festival (for example, how to organize a sustainable event?), questionnaires will be transmitted to you, whether you are publishing houses or players to raise awareness regarding your actions and their impact on the planet. Finally, this reflection will be extended thanks to the BGF mag. This magazine gather different articles that underline the compatibility of games and toys with an eco-responsible behaviour. Better than sensibilizing you, we want to make you act. Thus, we encourage the sell of hand-me-down products on the various stands and shops of the festival and we even give you the possibility to go to a repair café to promote a salvage spirit.

The example of one of our partner with numbers : Dubuisson an eco-responsible brewery…

 

Dubuisson has been manufacturing 100% natural authentic Belgian beers since 1769. This tradition doesn’t prevent it from modernising itself and innovating continuously in order to reduce its environmental footprint. With the introduction of a comity, it wants to accelerate the ecological transition by mixing little actions (training to avoid a too-polluting use of mails, household-waste sorting, using of gourds…) and big actions too. Thanks to the order of a carbon footprint, it can quantify the efforts made and visualize the remaining path.

 

First these efforts are specifics to breweries. Since 2014, the wort boiling energy in brewing room is recuperated for the heating, that is representing 64T/year of CO2 less rejected by year, thanks to that the brewery is able to produce 73% more than in 2013 but is consuming as much oil as before. Furthermore, the technology allowed them to reduce from 5% the malt quantity needed to produce a “brassin” (content of a vat). In 2018 this represents a reduction of 100T of malt. The brewery needing a lot of energy, this 100T of malt correspond to 64T/year of CO2.

 

But this is also with steps that every company can take, small daily steps : motion detector lights, use of only recycling paper on the whole site… and bigger investments. The installation of solar panels in 2012 allows it for example to produce 25% of its daily consumption and +/- 10% of its total consumption, that is equivalent to 40T/year of CO2. More recently, the installation of a water-treatment plant, generating biogaz (energy used in the process), should allow it to reduce its CO2 emissions from 270T/year. A few weeks ago, it was still improving by installing a green roof, notably used for the building insulation.

 

Altogether, the brewery has for now been reducing its CO2 emissions from +/- 500T/year and there are still other projects studied to continue improving that…

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