London theatres given chance to go greener
30th September 2009
London’s theatres are being given the chance to go greener with free audits and subsidies to improve their environmental performance and reduce energy costs.
The Theatres Trust is providing free audits to small theatres and venues and the London Development Agency is offering subsidised membership to Green Tourism for London.
Green Tourism for London is a scheme supported by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, for hotels, theatres, venues and attractions. Theatres that join it can save 25 per cent off their energy bills.
Theatres that commit to be graded by Green Tourism for London before the end of March 2010 are being offered 50 per cent off their membership. They also receive a grading that is recognised by VisitBritain and Visit London and promoted to visitors to the capital.
The Theatres Trust is offerings it environmental audits free through the new ECOVENUE initiative.
To find out more about the schemes, theatre managers are being invited to a free morning workshop on October 23 at Arcola Theatre, East London, which aims to be the world’s first carbon neutral theatre.
The Mayor of London has a target to cut carbon emissions in the capital by 60 per cent by 2025.