The Theatres Trust announce ECOVENUE green theatre initiative.

The Theatres Trust have announced a new three year programme to provide specialist theatre environmental advice and undertake free DEC assessments with 48 small scale theatres in London.  The initiative, revealed at the PLASA 09 conference today, will see the Trust receive £450,000 over the next three years from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to deliver the ECOVENUE advisory programme.

One year ago the Mayor of London launched the “Green Theatre: Taking Action on Climate Change” initiative at Plasa 08.  This plan was launched to help theatres in London achieve reductions in carbon emissions by 60% by 2025 and commercial and subsidised theatres in London were quick to sign up.  However, smaller theatres with smaller resources have found it harder to participate.  The ERDF award will help more London theatres to address environmental issues associated with climate change and reduce their energy use.

The total emissions from London theatres (excluding pre-production and audience travel)
are approximately 50,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.  This is equivalent to driving a car 1.5
million times round the M25.  This figure is only set to grow, particularly as productions use
more energy to create ever more visually spectacular shows.  The ECOVENUE project will provide each participating theatre with a free theatre-specific Environmental Audit, and free Display Energy Certificates in 2010 and 2011.  A DEC is a publicly displayed certificate that informs the public about the energy use of a building. This free environmental improvement advice will be delivered by a new Theatre Building Services Adviser to be employed by the Trust.

The Trust will be inviting 48 theatres to apply to participate in the project, which will run until spring 2012.  Further information on green-theatres can be found in these previous posts:

Green-houses is theatre the eco-vandal of the arts?

Green-houses Conference Paper

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