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Environmental Work

Norwich Theatre Royal is committed to improving its impact on the environment. For the 6th consecutive year we have achieved a Creative Green award from Julie’s Bicycle and are delighted to have attained a 4 star rating for our work during 2015/16.

The Green Team

We stayed dedicated to embedding environmental sustainability into all operations and activities at the Theatre Royal, and although the number of performances at the theatre rose by 8% we achieved reductions in many areas

Since we started recording data in 2008/09 we have reduced

  • Energy use by 17%

  • Waste to landfill by 95%

  • Carbon Footprint (per performance) by 22%

Norwich Theatre Royal recognises that technology and infrastructure alone won’t minimise the impact we have on the environment – it needs people. We have a strong commitment from our staff to champion a sustainable culture, which is critical to realising our environmental aims. 
Our mission within the theatre is to encourage innovation, foster a culture of resourcefulness, create a forum where ideas can be tested and practices can be challenged, and support new ways of working.  Using our position in Norwich as civic and cultural leaders we will engage with the local community and encourage our audiences to play a part in reducing our effect on the environment.
For more information please contact our Environmental Champion:
Helen Tully

Front of House Manager
Environmental Champion

Reducing the impact on the environment - case study by the organisation Julie’s Bicycle

Click Here to see our Culture Change Case Study: Norwich Theatre Royal video
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Our work so far

With the support from the environmental champion and the commitment from all the staff at the theatre we have been able to achieve some amazing results. We continue to develop the staff Green Team and involved them in campaigns.

Our main initiatives for the recent year included:

  • Introducing recyclable paper cups for take away hot drinks
  • Encouraging ‘Carbon Free’ commuting with the staff and decreasing car use by 19%
  • Collaborating with Hellesdon High School’s Green Team to share ideas and advise on projects.
  • Monitoring our environmental impacts at an in-depth level by recording our paper use
  • Continuing with high levels of recycling with only 4% of our waste going to landfill.
  • Creating notepads out of scrap paper.
  • Raising awareness of our activities with staff through the Green Team

Here are some of the highlights of our work:

  • All Front of House spot lights have been changed from 50W bulbs to 4W LED lights . We have also installed movement sensors for the lights in all front of house toilets so they only come on when people are in the room.
  • The taps in the toilets are all push button so they are never left running and the flushes are all dual flush, with an Eco Flush sticker to encourage water saving.
  • We separate all our waste and an average of 96% is recycled , this includes having food waste bins for staff and plastic recycling inside the auditorium.
  • We use rechargeable batteries in our radio mics and encourage touring productions to collect and donate their old batteries to the Hamlet Centre so they can use them to their full potential. Some of the big productions can use up to 75 batteries a show and they will only use them once!
  • We source our food and drink locally and changed from a national programme supplier to a local company
  • We have signed up to a 100% renewable energy tariff .
  • Replaced our old 1972 boilers with new more energy efficient ones
  • All our forthcoming events brochures are now printed on FSC paper

Our Environmental Policy

Click here to download our Environmental Policy (.doc)

Meet The Green Team

This cadre of like-minded individuals will strive to engage, encourage and support all of their colleagues in reducing the theatre’s environmental impact. They are not the eco police, not protestors nor are they activists but merely informers.
Coming from a whole range of departments to help Helen reach everyone at the theatre. They act as an extension to what Helen is already doing, as well as giving her support and ideas from the individual staff.

Our Awards and Certifications

Julies Bicycle and Industry Green

Norwich Theatre Royal has been awarded a Creative Green Certification from Julies Bicycle for the 6th year running in recognition of its commitment to managing its carbon and improving its environmental impacts.

Creative Green certification is developed by Julie's Bicycle for music, theatre and the wider creative industries. By achieving Creative Green certification Norwich Theatre Royal is joining the UK creative industries' response to climate change and environmental sustainability

During 2015/16 we accomplished a 4 out of 5 star rating:

Our key strengths include:

- Our exceptional commitment to sustainability within management and staff.

- Measuring our environmental impact beyond the Creative Green scope.

- Achieving brilliant results in the reduction of our carbon emissions

- Our excellent engagement measures with staff and audiences.

Theatre Royal's Creative Industry Report

For more information please download the Creative Green report. The assessment of Norwich Theatre Royal’s carbon emissions covered data from 2008/09 to 2015/16 and includes emissions from energy, water, and waste.

Download your Free copy of our environmental policy Click here to download the Creative Industry Green report (PDF)›

For more information please contact Helen Tully, Environmental Champion h.tully@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

For more information about Creative Industry Green and Julie's Bicycle please visit www.juliesbicycle.com