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Hillhead 2022 promises to be a ‘more sustainable’ experience

May 13, 2022  By  Don Horne

The Hillhead team is launching a number of initiatives at this year’s event to ensure a “more sustainable experience” for visitors and exhibitors.

Liftshare with Hillhead

Find someone to share your journey with to Hillhead and help reduce our carbon footprint, or simply share your car with colleagues. Car sharing is a great way to reduce the cost of travelling to the show, reduces congestion, and, most of all, helps us deliver a more environmentally friendly event.

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HVO fuel to power Main and Registration pavilions

All the electrics serving the 270 exhibitors in the main indoor exhibition areas at Hillhead will be powered by Crown HVO Fuel. Swapping from fossil fuel to HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) will help reduce up to 90 per cent of net CO2 emissions.

More recycling opportunities

More facilities than ever before will be available throughout the site to maximize the recycling options for visitors’ waste. These will include dedicated bins for food waste, dry recycling (paper, card, tin, aluminium etc), general waste, and glass. Skips will also be available throughout the build and breakdown periods for exhibitors to recycle wood, metals, and general waste.

Single-use plastics being taken off the menu

The official caterers for Hillhead are eliminating all single-use plastics, including plastic utensils, straws, and water bottles. Please bring a reusable bottle to the show or buy a Hillhead-branded one from our merchandise shop at RC23.

A sustainable Show Guide

All paper used for the Show Guide is sustainably sourced and printed using vegetable-based inks. The paper itself is also carbon balanced via a scheme operated by the World Land Trust. The carbon footprint of transporting the Show Guide to the exhibition is also minimized by using Buxton Press located only a few miles away.

Solar-powered security and lighting towers

Hillhead has partnered with BauWatch to provide a solar-powered security solution throughout the site using their ‘Solar Duo’ self-powered tower system. The organizers will also be experimenting with other solar-powered applications with a view to increasing the amount of solar power used as part of the energy mix going forward.

Hillhead takes place from June 21-23 at Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton. Register now for your free ticket at and play your part by supporting the initiatives to minimize the event’s carbon footprint.

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