Royal Opera House Environmental Policy
The climate crisis is one of the most important issues facing us today. Recognising our global reach and leadership role within the UK arts sector, we embrace our responsibility and obligation to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and wider impact on the environment. It is the ambition of the Royal Opera House to be a leader in environmental sustainability and to act as a catalyst for positive change in this field.
The climate crisis is the most important issues facing the globe today. Recognising our international reach and leadership role within the UK arts sector, we have embraced our responsibility and obligation to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. It is the ambition of the Royal Opera House to be a leader in environmental sustainability and to act as a catalyst for positive change in our industry.
The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House bring together the world’s most extraordinary ballet and opera artists. Our theatres are in Covent Garden but our work is experienced across the UK and globally through touring, cinema broadcasts, radio and TV and streaming online.
We are committed to net zero emissions by 2035 for Scopes 1 and 2 and to setting targets for our Scope 3 emissions by 2025.*
Our Environmental Strategy focuses on the following key areas:
We operate across three sites in Covent Garden, Thurrock and Aberdare. Over the last decade we have been improving energy and waste management across our estate. Building on our progress to date, we are committed to:
Our productions have an impact on the environment across their lifecycle, from their creation and performance to the transportation and storage of sets and costumes. We are committed to:
Our main operational activities include on site catering, retail and events as well as all the administrative functions required to run a large organisation. We are committed to:
We are committed to working with our staff, artists, audiences and industry stakeholders to enable and inspire environmental action. We will:
It is our belief that reducing our environmental impact will not only have a positive effect on the environment, but will also make our operations more efficient and economical and will enhance our organisational resilience in the long term.
We will monitor and report on our progress each year. This policy is reviewed on an annual basis, ensuring compliance with statutory requirements and organisational priorities.
*Categorising Green House Gas Emissions:
Emissions are categorised in the UK under three ‘scopes’. These scopes detail the kinds of carbon emissions that a company creates in its own operations and in the wider value chain.
Scope 1 – the Green House Gas emissions that a company makes 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.
Scope 3 – the emissions not associated with the company itself but that they are indirectly responsible for as part of the value chain. For the ROH this is very broad and includes our suppliers, business travel, the products that we sell and more.
The Royal Opera House commitment relates to Scopes 1 and 2, with different targets set around Scope 3.