Carbon Offsetting: How and When to Do It

Speakers: John E. Fernández (MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative), Sven Jense (Climate Cleanup), Richard Phillips (Julie's Bicycle)
Moderator: Claire O'Neill (A Greener Future), Herman Weeda (Sketchy Business)

In this workshop, tailored for music artists and events, we dive deep into the complex world of measuring, emissions, impact responsibility and different ways to compensate or offset the consequences of our actions.

About this program

Most artists and festivals currently have an unavoidable impact on the climate (and more). The question of when, and if so, how to best take responsibility and offset this impact, is one of the big ones of our time.

With renowned sustainability experts, the help of a visual storyteller and some of the most engaging concrete best-practice examples out there, we’ll navigate this complicated and multifaceted topic. If we work together and everything goes well, we’ll come out at the other end with a beautifully visualized set of clear and practical ground rules ‘when’ and if so ‘how’ to best offset your current unavoidable emissions (and other consequences) of your event or tour. This workshop answers the following questions:

- Is offsetting a good idea? and if so when and how?

- How can we measure our impact on the world around us? How can we quantify it?

- What is out there when it comes to good offsetting programs? And best practices of artists and festivals?

Who is this program for?

This workshop is designed for event and festival professionals, music labels, artists, booking agencies, sustainability managers and other professionals in the music industry that want to know more about CO2-compensation. Please note that you need an ADE Pro or ADE Green ticket to join this program.

This program is part of ADE Green. For the full ADE Green program, please check here.

Felix Meritis

Conference FAQ


Join us at the Felix Meritis for the full ADE Pro programme. The conference is set to be extended by an additional day, taking place from ADE Wednesday to Saturday. Just down the road the prestigious Andaz Amsterdam by Hyatt Hotels is transformed to a buzzing network & business hub from Wednesday to Friday.


ADE Lab returns with a four-day programme from ADE Wednesday to Saturday at the Brakke grond and many more venues around the Amsterdam Nes area.

We do not sell ADE Conference only or Day Passes. The only way to get access to the ADE Pro Conference is the ADE Pro Pass.

Tickets for the specialist sessions and ADE Lab can be found on the ticket page.

Our conferences are accessible for all ages in general. Do note that when alcoholic beverages are served, access can be denied.

Happy to see your interest in enhancing and contributing to our Conference program! To submit your conference ideas or panel suggestions, kindly complete this online application form provided.

Our Conference team will review all proposals. If your idea stands out and piques our interest, we'll reach out to you. Keep in mind that we receive numerous submissions, so using this application form doesn't guarantee selection. We appreciate your understanding.

Please visit one of our info & ticket centers to receive your personal ADE Pro badge & wristband:

PRO Registration Desk at Felix Meritis
Tue 17 October: 16:00 to 20:00
Wed 18 October: 09:00 to 20:00
Thu 19 October: 09:30 to 20:00
Fri 20 October: 08:30 to 20:00
Sat 21 October: 10:00 to 20:00

PRO Registration Desk at I Amsterdam Store - Central Station
Tue 17 October: 14:00 to 19:00
Wed 18 October: 09:30 to 19:00
Thu 19 October: 09:30 to 19:00
Fri 20 October: 09:30 to 18:00
Sat 21 October 09:30 to 18:00
Sun 22 October 12:00 to 17:00

PRO Evening Registration Desk at Het Groene Paleis
Wed 18 October: 18:00 to 22:00
Thu 19 October: 18:00 to 21:00
Fri 20 October: 18:00 to 21:00

Please be aware that your E-ticket is strictly personal and non-transferable. Identification with your ID/passport is mandatory which means your items cannot be picked up by someone else.

Also, don’t forget to complete your details before ADE to make sure we have all your details for your personal badge.