Theatre Goes Industry Green

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Theatre Royal Plymouth has achieved 1 star Industry Green recognising its commitment to understand, improve and communicate carbon and environmental impacts. The Industry Green programme certifies management and improvement of carbon and environmental impacts.

The Industry Green certification scheme has been developed by Julie’s Bicycle, a non-profit company working with the arts and creative industries to reduce their environmental impacts.By being a part of this scheme, the Theatre Royal will be able to share practices with similar venues across the UK and reduce its environmental impact even further.

This is the first year of the scheme and the Theatre Royal is already working on ways to get to improve its star rating next year.

Premises Manager Kevin Faulkner said, “We’re thrilled to achieve this accreditation. The Theatre Royal Plymouth has been taking steps to reduce its environmental impact for a long time, and it’s great to have our work recognized in this way. We’re now looking forward to working with Julie’s Bicycle to reach the next level of accreditation and to continue sharing information with venues across the country so we can build sustainability into the whole of the theatre’s operations.”

Julie’s Bicycle has also featured the Theatre Royal Plymouth on its website. You canread the case study here.

Some of the steps the theatre has already taken include installing percussion taps to save water, using the heat of the audience to warm the auditorium rather than relying on mechanical heating and recycling scenery.The Theatre Royal was also the first theatre in the UK to receive a Carbon Trust award in 2007.

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