Festivaletteratura has long been committed to raising public awareness regarding the understanding and protection of the environment.
2011 saw the launch of the Consapevolezza Verde (Green Awareness) project, a more structured inclusion of the themes and key figures surrounding the debate on environmental issues in each year’s programme. Since then, the events have inspired concrete actions to reduce the Festival's carbon footprint and the development of an agenda that balances organisational needs and environmental sustainability. In 2019, following an invitation from Mantua City Council, Festivaletteratura joined the Local Urban Group of the European project C-change, which aims to transfer best practice developed by the Manchester Arts Sustainability Team (MAST) to local groups in project partner cities. The aim is to rally the cultural sector around the issues related to the climate crisis, to achieve a steady reduction in the sector's carbon footprint and greater awareness of environmental issues among the general public.
Thanks to our involvement in the C-change project and the advice of the Environment Department of Mantua City Council, we were able to calculate our carbon footprint in 2020, using data from Festivaletteratura 2019 as a reference.


This new awareness of our event's impact has given us a boost in resuming all the good practice already in place since 2011 and in adding new and more challenging measures. If you would like to learn more about our environmental policy plan, please have a look at the policy document and learn about all the measures we are taking.

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Consapevolezza verde (Green Awareness) is the banner under which, since 2011, all events included in the Festivaletteratura programme related to the themes of ecology, climate, the fight against resource waste and sustainable economy have been grouped. The project was created when the Festival was awarded the "Spreco Zero” (Zero Waste) label by Last Minute Market, a spin-off from the University of Bologna engaged in the development of waste reduction projects.
Over the years, dozens of talks, lectures, interviews and workshops have been held (Monique Barbut, Gianfranco Bologna, Salvatore Ceccarelli, Jonathan Safran Foer, Kate Raworth, Vandana Shiva, Pavan Sukhdev, Peter Wadhams are just some of the numerous scientists, politicians, activists, storytellers and science journalists at the Festival) hanno portato and they have brought the importance of the environment and its conservation to the attention of the public, contributing to the development of a collective ecological awareness. At the end of each edition, the debate continues to leave its mark thanks to the recordings kept in the Festivaletteratura Archives.

Sustainable mobility (transport)

In terms of environmental sustainability, the above data of the infographic show that transport is the most significant aspect of the Festival, both from a strictly environmental point of view and in terms of its impact on the city, and on the city centre.
For these reasons, the main objective that the event set itself for the 2021 edition in terms of transport is to promote and perfect an organised system of bicycle and foot transport, supported and combined with public transport.

With a view to promoting sustainable movement of the public, the following actions have been implemented:
In cooperation with Ride Movi, the establishment of bike sharing hubs at the park-and-ride car parks and implementation of special rates for event visitors.
In partnership with Mantua City Council and Apam, an extension of the shuttle bus timetable to and from car parks.
In collaboration with Mantua City Council, the preparation of a map in both digital and paper format highlighting the following information:
Main access cycle routes to the city with travel times.
Interchange car parks with free shuttle service to the city centre, bike sharing service and electric car sharing service.
Hub for parking bicycles near the main event sites.
Bike-sharing service hub for pick-up and drop-off.
In collaboration with the Mantua City Council and Movesion Mobility Tomorrow, a survey on the travel habits of Festivaletteratura 2021 visitors was conducted and CO2 emissions calculated.
Best practices implemented in relation to travel for guest authors at the event are:
Use of the train for regional/national journeys, with possible transfer service to and from the main stations in the vicinity of Mantua (Verona; Parma; Modena; Bologna).
Air travel is essentially limited to international travel and connections with the islands.
In collaboration with the Autocenter dealership in Mantua, a fleet of mainly hybrid cars is used to transfer authors to and from stations and airports.
The actions taken to promote sustainable travel within the city are as follows:
Provision of bicycles for authors and journalists to travel between event venues.
Provision of bicycles for volunteers from outside the city during the event.
In collaboration with Mantua City Council and Sum Solutions, use of 3 cargo bike for light logistics and event set-ups.
In cooperation with Ride Movi, reduced rates for event users on the bike sharing service.
In cooperation with Apam, shuttle services from the city centre to event venues on the outskirts that are difficult to reach by bike.