Gemeente Breda is a municipality within the Province of North-Brabant. With 182.000 inhabitants, it is the 9th city in size in the Netherlands. Events are important for the city. The ambition is to be a vibrant and climate-neutral city in 2044. The event policy must be made more sustainable. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of events in the Netherlands. Also in Breda there was a spectacular growth of food, sports and music events in the public space. In particular, the sustainability of energy needs is an important theme. This is given shape within the ‘sustainable events’ project.
Events traditionally use diesel generators for power requirements. That concept is outdated, but still standard. The municipality of Breda promotes the switch to more sustainable variants. Breda turns out to be a magnet for events in unique locations. Specifically for extensively used locations, a flexible system is necessary because the business case for a fixed connection is not profitable. It is clear that in such places a fixed power point is not possible. In 2018 Breda will start pioneering with a new system. Here, the combination between electrification of cars and temporary need for energy is emphasized. Techniques are known, but cooperation between partners is new; The automotive industry works together with event organizers and even owners of electric vehicles.