The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes, organizer of the Festival, has been certified ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 18788 (Safety-Security) since 2019 and ISO 20121 (Responsible Events) since 2022 in order to achieve responsible objectives such as: - Reduce our environmental impacts: sustainably manage waste, reduce our energy consumption, measure and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions… - Ensure a good welcome and working conditions: ensure the health and safety of people, raise staff awareness of responsible issues… - The sustainability of the company: modernizing infrastructures, supporting associations and other local players in favor of the environment, launching and sustaining new trade fairs…

Actions in favor of environmental protection

The pyrotechnicians are increasingly concerned about the protection of the environment and design the fireworks in order to produce a maximum of pleasure and visibility while using high quality pyrotechnics in reasonable quantity and in strategic locations.

In its programming, the festival selects teams of fireworks manufacturers or independents who focus on the quality of the pyrotechnic articles and not on the quantity. It is not a question of “filling” tables with a mass of products of lesser quality but of favoring high quality products, often European, for the largest calibers whose persistence in the sky avoids excessive consumption.

Cannes bay cleaning

– For more than 20 years, the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès has had specialist companies clean the Festival shooting area in the bay of Cannes and the seabed during the International Pyrotechnics Festival. Since 2005, each Festival fire has been followed by 2 cleanings:

Immediately after the fire, a first boat with long-range searchlights undertook a 2-hour outing to collect waste on the surface, using the nets located on the sides of the boat (3m50 wide) and connected to bags of 70 liters.

The next day in the early morning, divers then roam the extended firing zone to remove the bottoms of the waste that has been deposited.

 Commitments by contracts with the pyrotechnicians

The Festival bans plastic shell bombs.

Shooting cases or any other firing system are established via an HF (High Frequency) radio signal. There is no cable connection.

Aluminum foil to protect the bombs is now prohibited, tarpaulins protect the bombs from humidity.

It should be noted that the consumption of sand being a major environmental issue, the festival, which uses sand to wedge the fireworks on the barges, is implementing new solutions in order to limit its use as much as possible.

Indeed from 10t of loose sand per fire 15 years ago, we have gone to 6t per summer in recent years thanks to the repackaging in more durable hessian bags, to finally reduce our consumption to 2t per season by 2024 with a new wedging system for the larger calibers.

Public awareness actions

We encourage the public to carpool or take the train through communication on the website and social networks.

The SNCF reinforces and adapts the transport plan according to the Fireworks.

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