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Carbon Charter case study – Wolsey Theatre

25 Mar, 2024

New Wolsey Theatre gains Carbon Charter Award

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What is the Carbon Charter Award?

  • Independent environmental award scheme and sustainable business network
  • 200 active members across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex
  • Regular networking and training events
  • Membership provides on-going support from a sustainable consultancy team
  • Delivered by Groundwork East.

The New Wolsey Theatre is an award-winning theatre in Ipswich, with a 400-seat capacity and a new outdoor community and production area.

The New Wolsey Theatre successfully achieved the Carbon Charter Silver Award in September 2023, and is now listed in the Carbon Charter Members Directory.

Actions taken so far

Reduced Carbon Footprint

Absolute carbon reductions of 60tCO2e made 2020 to 2023 (40% reduction)

Raising Awareness

Theatre productions include a focus on the climate crisis and human impacts on the world.

Production Design

Embedding carbon footprinting in production design, with a life cycle approach included.

Energy Savings

Switching presented work programmes to digital versions with QR code access. Any remaining brochures and larger printed documents are carbon balanced via the World Land Trust

Meetings and Training

A new Environmental Responsibility Task Group with environmental training program being rolled out for all staff.

Energy Savings

Installation of an energy-efficiency air curtain at the main entrance, LED lamps, discontinuing the use of a secondary building, and switching from a wet system to HVAC heating/cooling for the ground floor.

Policy & Action Plan

With the support of senior management, they have a new Environmental Policy and Action Plan in place, with the ambition to be a flagship for the industry.

As a Carbon Charter Pathfinder Partner, Suffolk Growth supported The New Wolsey Theatre to join the Carbon Charter in Summer 2023, as part of its aims to reduce the emissions of Suffolk’s Visitor Economy.

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