Leading producing theatres in London have reduced their average carbon footprint by 43% in the last five years, a report has revealed.
The London Theatre Consortium report outlines the results of a decade-long programme to reduce carbon emissions.
The consortium is a collaboration between 14 producing theatres in the capital, including the Almeida, Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Court, Young Vic, Bush, Unicorn, Yard theatres, and green arts charity Julie’s Bicycle.
Other venues include Battersea Arts Centre, the Kiln, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Donmar Warehouse, the Gate, Hampstead Theatre and Soho Theatre.
Key findings from the Creative Green strategic report for 2018/19 include:
• Theatres in the consortium reduced their carbon footprint by 11% in the last year
• Overall energy use has decreased by a third since 2010
• Eight LTC theatres procure 100% renewable electricity
• More than half of LTC theatres have programmed or curated work with environmental themes this year
The report adds that the LTC is developing a new set of aims to work towards for 2025, which includes exploring the potential to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across the group. This follows news that the Royal Court has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions over the course of the next year.
Sian Alexander, executive director of the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and LTC vice chair, said: “As awareness of the climate emergency grows it has never been more important for us as cultural leaders to work together to tackle climate warming.
“We are thrilled at the significant progress that we have made to reduce our environmental impacts through our partnership work over the past decade and the learning we have been able to share.”
Director of Julie’s Bicycle, Alison Tickell, said: “Combining creative flair with operational rigour, the 14 theatres that make up the London Theatre Consortium are demonstrating how to respond to the climate emergency.
“Over many years, the consistent leadership, collaboration and integrity of the London Theatre Consortium to meet the climate challenge head-on has hugely enriched the arts and cultural sector.”