Sustainability at the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House aims to be a catalyst for positive change, working towards making our operations more sustainable, efficient and economical. Find out below more information on what we are doing to help secure a sustainable future.


Net zero by 2035

The Royal Opera House is committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2035.

This is in relation to emission Scopes 1 and 2:

Scope 1: The Green House Gas emissions we make directly. At the ROH this includes heating the building and running some vehicles.

Scope 2: The emissions made indirectly. At the ROH this includes the electricity that we purchase.

We commit to sustainably purchasing our electricity and permanently changing how we heat our buildings. We will also work with our suppliers to help them reduce their emissions and set Scope 3 emission targets by 2025. Scope 3 emissions are emissions not directly associated with us but we are indirectly responsible for as part of the value chains. This includes the suppliers we use, how we travel and the products we sell. Activity will be closely monitored and reported each year to ensure targets are on track.

You can find out more about what processes we have in place to make our building, operations, productions and staffing more sustainable in our Environmental Policy.


ROH signs the Westminster City Sustainability Charter

The Royal Opera House was the first cultural organisation to sign up to the Sustainable City Charter, a scheme recently launched by Westminster City Council and Westminster Property Association. This scheme is for all businesses based in Westminster to show their commitment to combating climate change through adhering to eight pledges aimed at reducing the carbon emissions of buildings and improving overall efficiency.

The Royal Opera House has made commitments in relation to:

  • Collaboration 
  • Energy emissions 
  • Procurement 
  • Construction 
  • Deliveries 
  • Transport 
  • Waste 
  • Implementation 

Charter signatories can access exclusive networking and knowledge sharing events, an evolving toolkit of support and advice and the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to Westminster’s city wide 2040 net zero target.  

The Royal Opera House are delighted to be part of this scheme and look forward to creating successful partnerships and developing new ways of working with other local businesses to reduce our impact on the environment.  

More information regarding the Sustainable City Charter can be found here.

Sustainable Stories

You can learn more about projects happening across our organisation helping to reduce our environmental impact in 2023 on our Sustainable Stories page.

In our building

Helping our environment

At the Royal Opera House, we are working hard on our commitment towards becoming more sustainable.

Look out for the posters across our building to find out more about what we are doing and how you can help us achieve our goals.

At the Royal Opera House, we have committed to:
  • Switching to offering e-tickets and digital cast sheets saving over five tonnes of paper a year.
  • Offering sustainably sourced products in our shop.
  • Recycling, reusing or archiving all of our unused programmes.
  • Using sustainable suppliers in all of our bars and restaurants.
  • Providing a menu in our restaurants using locally sourced produce.
  • Providing compostable cups for water that release around 40% less CO2 than recyclable materials.
You can help reduce the Royal Opera House's environmental impact by:
  • Switching from buying bottled water to bringing a water bottle and refilling at one of our water stations. This saves up to seven tonnes of carbon dioxide per month.
  • Putting your recycling into the correct bins provided across our building.
  • Pre-ordering your food in our restaurants which allows us to ensure we have exactly the right amount of ingredients and helping reduce food waste from our venues to just 1.5% of our total.
  • Turning off the taps in our bathrooms instead of leaving them running which can waste up to six litres of water per minute.

If you have any feedback or would like to know more about our commitment to becoming a more sustainable venue, please get in touch with our Environmental Manager:

Sustainability at ROH

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