Ever since our incorporation in 2012 Amsterdam Light Festival is committed to being sustainable. On this page you can find the measures we have already implemented and our ambitions for a greener future.


Over the past decade we have made our festival more sustainable in several facets:

1. Energy Consumption

  • We measure the energy consumption of all of our artworks.
  • We aim for minimal usage, through the use of timers and motion sensors.
  • The energy we use is 100% green.
  • The main grid we create for our energy supply is made accessible to locals after the festival.
  • We solely use LED light in our artworks.
  • We have swore off the use of diesel-powered generators.

2. Transport

  • Where possible, our staff uses bicycles and electric boats.
  • The (de)construction of our artworks mainly takes place on the water through electric boats.
  • We encourage visitors to travel by public transport, bicycle or on foot.

3. Materials & Waste

  • We select materials on the basis of circularity.
  • We re-use artwork materials.
  • The lion's share of our kunstwerken is re-exhibited (more information).
  • We separate plastic, paper and metal for recycling.
  • Since 2021 we have put the focus on a digital walking experience instead of printed booklets.

4. Pledge
In 2022 we have signed the Light Festival Sustainability Manifesto. This pledge entails that we commit to making all of our activities more sustainable and activelt encouraging this within our network. Around ten prominent light festivals have signed the pledge and we aim for a collective strategy.

De opbouw van het kunstwerk 1.26 Amsterdam op de Amstel. We zien 2 technici vanaf een elektrische boot op het water het werk prepareren.


1. Energy Consumption

  • Measure the total energy consumption and consumption per (type of) artwork more consistently.
  • Do more research to the source of our energy grid.
  • Select, source and create more energy effecient artworks.

2. Transport

  • Expand visitor communication (via social media, print, etc.).
  • Draw up a plan for sustainable travel of (international) artists.
  • Partner up with (more) sustainable transport partners.
  • Map sustainability of current partners and start the conversation.

3. Materials & Waste

  • Measuring above mentioned efforts.
  • Draw up a more detailed plan based on gathered data.


We are proud to announce we align with the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations:

  • SDG nr. 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG nr. 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG nr. 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Energy - United Nations Sustainable DevelopmentSDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production - KIT Royal Tropical  InstituteSDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals - KIT Royal Tropical Institute

Research VU

In the spring of 2022 10 talented master students of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam have begun a reserach towards sustainability in light festivals. During this Boardroom Business Case they gathered data of leading light festival to get a better insight into the current level of sustainability in our sector. The results show that we can work together for a greener future and enjoy light art in a responsible way!