The Royal Court in London has committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions over the course of next year.
The theatre said it would re-examine its entire operation, from the materials it uses and waste it generates, to working hours, air quality and transport in a bid to cut its carbon emissions to net zero in 2020.
The transition will begin in the Site, the Royal Court’s third performance space used for experimental work. The organisation will attempt to turn it into a net-zero space next March. This month of action will replace a planned programme of work responding to the climate emergency that was due to take place over the same time.
It is hoped that the changes made during Open Court: Climate Emergency will then be extended across the entire organisation.
Artistic director Vicky Featherstone said: “Lucy [Davies executive producer] had already given us the challenge of turning the Site into a net-zero space for March and then asked the obvious question: why aren’t we doing it across the whole building and what are we waiting for? Let’s just get on with it.
“We will make mistakes, we will move fast and change as the technology and information changes. We will use the time in March to take stock, to hear from people we do not normally hear from in the cultural discussion and to work our new structures and ways of functioning to enable this to happen.”
Featherstone added that everyone visiting the Royal Court from March “will be contributing to this vital commitment to our climate emergency”.
The Royal Court was among the first arts organisations to declare a climate emergency earlier this year, with Davies arguing that the theatre should “be part of ramping up the urgency” over environmental change.
The theatre’s existing work includes using green energy providers and waster disposal, and sustainable food and drink suppliers, as well as off-setting emissions with Peruvian reforestation.
Meanwhile, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company both announced this month that they would be ending long-term sponsorship deals with oil and gas companies Shell and BP following intense pressure from climate campaigners.
The National has also committed to becoming carbon neutral.