As an arts organisation funded in part by Arts Council England, amongst other public bodies, it’s important to us that we act as careful stewards of that money. It’s also incumbent upon us to make sure that we are as sustainable as we can be, both in terms of our business and our impact upon our environment.
Julie’s Bicycle is an organisation that helps the creative industries achieve the latter goal, and in doing so, also the former. Every year we gather and submit a huge range of data to allow them to independently assess our progress in reducing our carbon footprint and making continued steps towards a more sustainable future.
Across four main areas for rating, every organisation being assessed has to achieve a 3 star rating (the highest) in each area in order to be awarded a 3 star rating overall, and for the second year in a row, BAC has done it!
It takes work from every member of staff across the team to make this happen; by incorporating thought on green issues and sustainability in every project and activity, they make us better at our aims. As a standard, we have created an Environmental Policy, and included the aim within our Mission, and you can read more about this from page 24 onward of our Activity Report for 2012 & 2013.
I’ll post soon about the wider results from across the London Theatre Consortium with more creative infographics, so in the meantime, I’ll leave you with this:
That’s right – a 15.1% reduction in energy emissions per performance!
You can also read the full report for Battersea Arts Centre from Julie’s Bicycle here.
Creative Industry Green is a standard compatible with, and complimentary to other environmental certification schemes including BS8901, ISO20121, ISO14001 and the Carbon Trust Standard.