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Sustainable Theatre

Live Theatre is proud to be committed to sustainability and reducing the environmental impacts of world class culture and we're delighted to have achieved 4 stars out of a possible 5 from Creative Green for 2016/17 period. 

Our impacts have reduced this year and Julie’s Bicycle has recognised our efforts with this 4 star rating.

Creative Green is more than a certification scheme - it’s an international community of pioneering creative and cultural organisations, recognised for their ambition and action on environmental sustainability.  Creative Green remains the only environmental certification designed specifically for the creative and cultural sector.

Highlights in our Commitment to the Environment

  • Extensive Environmental Policy that includes a departmental breakdown with department specific goals.
  • Environmental Action Plan which scopes goals for each action point and also includes resources needed, progress, and target completion dates.
  • Live Theatre’s new Corporate Plan is aligned with the environmental policy and action plan and environmental sustainability is embedded across all departments.
  • Established Green Team in place with representatives from all departments who meet regularly to discuss Live Theatre's sustainability capabilities.
  • Formal recognition of environmental responsibilities in all employees' job descriptions.
  • Sourcing of fairtrade products for the in-house bar, local independent caterers and nonplastic refreshment packaging and serveware.
  • Key suppliers and contractors chosen on the basis of their green credentials and in alignment with Live Theatre's Environmental Policy.
  • Communication and engagement with the professional community on environmental sustainability through the NGCV network e.g. sharing best practice and pooling resources for bigger impacts etc.

Environmental Understanding

  • In-depth understanding of energy use through weekly electricity and gas meter readings via Pilio energy management software.
  • Monitoring of water use on a weekly basis using demeter and analysis conducted for any anomalous readings.
  • Detailed reports of waste data with a commitment of zero waste-to-landfill from waste contractor.
  • Monitoring of all staff travel, with work being done to increase the use of public transport and monitoring of audience travel through the NGCV audience travel survey.


  • Energy use per performance decreased by 69% between 2012/13 and 2016/17.
  • All waste is recycled so that Live Theatre is now a zero waste-to-landfill organisation.

Live Theatre Creative Green Report 2016/7

Live Creative Green Report 2016-17.pdf
  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund


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