Sadler’s Wells recorded a 10% decrease in electricity usage throughout the building for the period from January to March 2015, compared with the same period last year. The theatre is undergoing an extensive refurbishment project aimed at improving facilities and energy efficiency. The second stage of development was completed in September 2014.
The 10% year-on-year energy saving is a result of a targeted investment in switching to more efficient technologies, as part of Sadler’s Wells ongoing commitment to minimise its impact on the environment and develop increasingly sustainable ways of operating. Works have so far included the installation of energy saving LED lighting, chillers and air handling units, as well as solar panels to generate power.
Sadler’s Wells’ Event Manager Georgie Smith said: “Sustainability is very much a key topic on the events industry agenda so we’re delighted to be offering such great facilities here at Sadler’s Wells. The refurb project has meant that we can offer the very best, state-of-the-art facilities in terms of tech-support for our clients, while also making sure that we have the procedures in place to really reduce our carbon footprint. We aim to achieve a total 12% reduction in carbon emissions by the end of this year.”
As part of its sustainability monitoring, Sadler’s Wells also recently carried out a staff travel survey, which found that 95% of its employees use public transport to travel to work. The organisation also offers a cycle to work scheme and cycling facilities to encourage staff to travel to and from work by bicycle. Other initiatives include the sponsorship of a polar bear through taxi supplier Green Tomato and WWF. Sadler’s Wells is currently working toward obtaining the ISO20121 sustainability accreditation.
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