Become more eco-responsible by … going to a nightclub

(ETX Daily Up) – Nightclubs are not just places of entertainment: they could become allies in the fight against global warming. As the COP26 climate conference is in full swing in Glasgow, many nightclubs are launching innovative initiatives to make their way of operating more “green”. Decryption.

The glasgovian nightclub SWG3 gets to the rhythm of the COP26. She took advantage of the climate change summit in the Scottish metropolis to inaugurate a promising facility 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 an evening hosted by the DJ and American activist Honey Dijon. It could allow SWG3 to significantly reduce its energy consumption and save 70 tonnes of CO2 per year. And for good reason: the thermal energy emanating from the human body rises, on average, between 100 and 120 watts. That is the equivalent of the consumption of a computer for an hour.

The SW3G nightclub is not alone in trying to transform 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 20 watts depending on their activity in the disco.

Make eco-responsible nightclubs “cool”

If these initiatives may seem anecdotal in the face of 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 by 2045. An ambitious project which requires the participation of nightclub owners and other professionals in the nightlife sector. It must be said that the electro Berlin scene is particularly energy intensive: a nightclub emits, on average, 30 tonnes 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 the city’s discotheques to become more respectful of the environment. 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.

“A medium-sized club consumes around 1,000 kwh on weekends, which is as much as a single-parent household saving in a year. With the Clubtopia project, we want to achieve a significant improvement in the environmental footprint of the clubs,” said in a press release Matthias Krümmel, manager at BUND-Friends of the Earth Germany.

Those in charge of the Clubtopia project hope that this initiative will encourage party tourism professionals to become more eco-responsible … just like the clubbers themselves. Konstanze Meyer, project coordinator for Clubtopia, is convinced of this. “We must protect [les discothèques], 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 “.