The Theatre Royal Plymouth is already meeting environmental standards which will become compulsory for organisations who want to receive Arts Council funding from April 2013.
The Arts Council have announced that all National Portfolio Organisations (of which the Theatre Royal Plymouth is one) and Renaissance Major Partner Museums will have to measure and improve their water and energy use – something the Theatre Royal Plymouth is already doing. Recently, water bills have been cut by 10,000 and the amount of gas used has dropped 25% due to initiatives already in place.
Although the Arts Council is focusing on energy consumption, the Theatre Royal is also looking at how things like transport, raw materials and other consumables are used as a part of the theatre’s Environmental & Energy Management System.
Chair of the Theatre Royal’s Environmental Group, David Miller, said, “We’re on course to meet the minimum requirements set out by the Arts Council and are already ahead in some cases. Other venues look to us as industry leaders in some environmental areas, and we’re looking forward to discovering new ways to reduce our environmental impact.”
To find out more about the new requirements from Arts Council England, click here