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with our first
ESP, we have
tours for over
1000 trees in
2016 towards a
Carbon neutral productions
Vivid LIVE 2011, 12, 15, 16
All About Women 2016
For Thought: Hope for the Planet 2016
Get Grubby Ecomusical 2016
Developed a pilot
a video education resource
for primary aged students
A shift in staff behaviour
processes in 2016
Joined as a Sustainability
Partner in 2015
$1 million in
edible food donations
Action Leaders) a group of
staff Green Champions.
12 active members.
Recycling rates up from
One of the few heritage buildings
in the world to achieve this rating
Council of Australia
in energy use
while improving performance
and safety via an innovative
have watched world-
thinkers and productions
at the House.
online views of talks
and productions, free
Green Globe awards
in 2014 and 2015
through 8 student internships
** FY2015/16 recycling percentage by weight calculation: general waste: actual weight. Mixed recycling: site specific density x bins, minus
5% contamination. Organics: site specific density x bins, minus 5% contamination. Other streams (cardboard, office paper, e-waste, lights,
toners & polystYr ene), industry average density (BBP) x bins, no contamination rate applied.
*** The electricity baseline average electricity use 2003/04-2007/08.
* Carbon neutral events are calculated in line with the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).
Official carbon neutral events certification has not been sought due to certification cost.
to prepare the world-famous performing
arts centre for the next generation of artists,
audience and visitors.
Our ESP objectives are guided by an
overarching focus on our building, our
organisation, and our art and experiences.
They include achieving a 5 Star Green
Star – Performance rating; embedding
efficiency, responsibility and care into all
that we do; and inspiring community and
FP: What are the short-term and long-
term outcomes you’re hoping for?
EB: Our short-term plans are to
investigate, develop and implement
strategies that will meet the ESP
targets and objectives. We’ll achieve
this by focusing on key areas, such as
resource efficiency; sustainable sourcing
of materials; waste management;
environmental risk; staff, audience and
visitor engagement; and embedding
sustainability into our business practices.
Achieving our 2017–2019 objectives and
targets will build towards our longer-term
2023 targets. By our 50th anniversary (in
2023), we hope to have achieved a 5 Star
Green Star – Performance rating and carbon
neutral certification, and to be recycling
85 per cent of our operational waste.
FP: Why do you think it’s important for
larger facilities (particularly older or heritage-
listed buildings) to implement sustainability
measures and comprehensive energy
EB: The Opera House is a World
Heritage–listed, globally recognised
performing arts centre that attracts more
than 8.2 million visitors annually. It is our
responsibility to the community to lead by
example by demonstrating the benefits of
sustainability, and to engage and inspire our
visitors through environmentally focused
talks, performances, tours and programs.
Throughout our Decade of Renewal,
we are looking to turn the challenges of
working with a 40-year-old heritage building
into opportunities. The largest opportunity
within the building itself is to reduce our
energy and carbon footprint as we work
towards carbon neutrality.
The very nature of achieving these
objectives through the execution of the
2017–2019 plan will help us to achieve
financial, environmental and social
sustainability. These three aspects of
sustainability are key to the increased
productivity, longevity and future of the
FP: Are there any other sustainability
projects the Sydney Opera House is currently
EB: We’re working on a number of exciting
energy efficiency projects, and recently
announced a partnership with EnergyAustralia.
Under our two-year partnership, we’ll
collaborate with EnergyAustralia and the CSIRO
on a new industry think tank, which will deliver
strategies to enable the Opera House to
achieve net zero (carbon neutral) by 2023, and
identify other sustainable energy solutions to be
trialled by the Opera House.
To read more about the ESP and the Opera
House’s other sustainability projects, go to
Infographic courtesy of Sydney Opera House
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