The Venice Biennale Receives Certification of Carbon Neutrality

The Venice Biennale Received Certification of Carbon Neutrality For All Five 2022 Festivals, According to Their Statement.

Dec 30, 2022By Angela Davic, News, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and Analysis
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The Architectural Installations of the 2022 Venice Art Biennale


The Venice Biennale received Carbon Neutrality Certification for all its 2022 programs. In order to get this title, the festival had to work hard on their programs. This commitment involved all the activities connected to the festivals held in 2022. There also got a certification for the 78th Venice International Film Festival in 2021.


The Venice Biennale – The Fight Against Climate Change and Sustainability Come First

La Biennale di Venezia


The title refers to the 59th International Art Exhibition and 50th International Theatre Festival. There is also the 16th International Festival of Contemporary Dance, 79th Venice International Film Festival and 66th International Festival of Contemporary Music. The fight against climate change represents a very important part of their work.


“This year La Biennale di Venezia worked systematically to fight climate change by promoting a more sustainable model for the designs. Also, through installation and operation of its festivals”, the statement reads. La Biennale is ultimately seeking to neutralise its carbon impact.


Simone Leigh’s bronze sculpture Satellite installed in front of Façade, both 2022, at the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. PHOTO TIMOTHY SCHENCK/COURTESY MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY


Also, their work is going in two directions. First is to reduce emissions under its own control. The other is to offset residual emissions by purchasing certified carbon credits generated by renewable energy projects in India and Colombia. As far as reducing emissions is concerned, La Biennale integrated the principles of environmental sustainability in every phase of its events’ life cycles.

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Perhaps the most famous aspect of the Venice Biennale is its art show. But in 2022, the Biennale also hosts performances in the areas of theatre, dance, music, and film. It also hosts an architecture biennial, but the next one isn’t until next year.


How Much Can We Improve Travel’s Ecological  Efficiency?

The Architectural Installations of the 2022 Venice Art Biennale


RINA granted the Biennale its certification. RINA is a firm based in Genoa, granted approval by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. But, it will be challenging to solve travel, one of the fairs’ biggest carbon-producing activities.


A significant improvement for the art Biennale was the attendance this year, which rose by 35% in comparison to 2019. The festival also sold 800,000 tickets. This does not include the 22,498 visitors who came during the exhibition’s preview days. More than half of the visitors came from outside of Italy.


The Venice Biennale. Italy


The Biennale acknowledged this significant carbon footprint. Also, the festival implied there was a limit to how much could be done to improve travel’s ecological efficiency. “For all the events, the most important component of the overall carbon footprint, concerns the mobility of the participating public”, the Biennale’s statement reads. “In this sense, La Biennale will engage again next year in a communication campaign to raise the awareness of the public.”

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By Angela DavicNews, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and AnalysisAngela is a journalism student at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and received a scholarship for continued education in Prague. She completed her internship at the daily newspaper DANAS and worked as an executive editor at Talas.