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Belgrade Theatre reports major reduction in energy consumption

Posted on 14 June 2017

The Belgrade Theatre has announced a reduction in its electricity usage per performance by over a third. From 2010/11 to 2016/17, the average kWh/1000 per performance has fallen by 36.46%, as a result of initiatives taken by the organisation to address climate change and reduce its overall impact on the environment.

Since 2010, all lighting in the theatre has been converted to low energy, with approximately 1500 to 1600 light bulbs replaced, and all offices have been fitted with split switches allowing the lighting to be used over working desks only.

The bulbs in the Theatre’s iconic chandeliers have been changed to 18 watt halogen light bulbs which use 2.5kwh less energy on each chandelier. Sensor lights have also been fitted where appropriate and scheduled procedures are in place for ‘summer lighting’ between May and September when natural light is sufficient.

These initiatives are part of the Belgrade’s overall ‘Striving to be Green’ Environmental Policy. The Theatre established its in-house ‘Green Team’, which includes a member of staff from each department, implements and champions green initiatives in 2007.

The Belgrade’s Executive Director Joanna Reid said, “This is a great achievement for the Theatre in reducing its carbon footprint and environmental impact. We recognise there is still plenty of work to be done in helping to raise awareness of climate change and our ‘Green Team’ will continue to champion new ways of reducing energy usage, as well as encouraging recycling and minimal waste disposal.”

She added, “As a major city centre public building we have a responsibility to the public to ensure our compliance with environmental regulations and to do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint. It is also essential, that as a registered charity organisation, we are as economical as possible so that our money can be better spent on producing high-quality theatre and working with the local community which we serve.”

Earlier this year, the Belgrade Theatre took part in Earth Hour, a global event encouraging people, businesses and landmarks to switch off lights for one hour and shine a light on action for climate change. During this time, the Belgrade switched off its spiral chandeliers which hold around 300 light bulbs, illuminating the Theatre’s foyers.

In 2013, the Theatre’s workshop facilities at Red Lane underwent an extensive £350,000 refurbishment to become more energy efficient, which also contributed to this significant reduction in energy consumption. Local firm Deeley Construction carried out the renovation project on the workshops which house Belgrade Production Services, the Theatre’s set and costume manufacturers.

The refurbishment saw the installation of a new, energy-efficient gas boiler which has resulted in an impressive 36% reduction in gas usage.

In addition to reducing its electricity consumption, the Belgrade has also been successful in the consuming less water and gas, compared to other arts and cultural buildings of a similar size, according to industry benchmarking data.

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