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At the Young Vic, we are committed to ensuring that everything we do is as environmentally responsible and sustainable as possible. We see an important connection between our Climate Justice work and our Anti-Racism work, since climate change disproportionately impacts those in the Global South and is a legacy of industrial expansion across the world.

A more sustainable Young Vic

We have a dynamic Environmental Policy and Action Plan, driven and monitored by the Board, and our Executive Director, Lucy Davies, who is a Creative Climate Leader 2017 and Creative Green Champion 2020. We have outlined some of the key milestones in this plan below. We are also proud to be the recipients of a 5 Star Creative Green accreditation from Julie’s Bicycle.

Measures that we have taken already include:

  • Reducing our carbon emissions by 30% in the last decade (2012/13-2022/23)
  • Installing LED lighting across the building
  • Installing a more energy-efficient lift
  • Working with ethical and environmental suppliers, from stationary to green energy, from sets to waste management
  • Planting a wildlife-attracting green roof garden
  • Continuing to reduce and compost our waste in partnership with First Mile
  • Undertaking energy audits and understanding how we use energy and water across the theatre to set targets in line with industry best practice

What’s next?

  • We are committed to the Theatre Green Book standards for all productions from 2023 onwards
  • We are committed to continuing to track and analyse our progress against Creative Green benchmarks
  • We are introducing a Green Building Levy of £2.50 per transaction, which will enable capital improvements and investments in our building and work, led by a sustainability approach
  • We have set targets to reduce the kwh per m2 we use for gas and electricity to below best practice guidelines
  • We will continue to source energy from a green energy provider
  • We will be offsetting long haul global travel during 2023 and beyond

The Cut Bar sources food and drink from local and ethical suppliers, providing fresh, seasonal food all year round, and has a full membership to the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Making work that engages with the climate crisis
Our Creators Program seeks to engage our network of artists in conversations around sustainability by holding workshops and discussions that explore how to make work that engages with the climate crisis – in terms of content, the way in which the work itself is made, and how it can connect audiences to the wider dialogue. Recent sessions include workshops such as: ‘The Crisis on Stage: How do we engage with the climate and ecological emergency in our work’; ‘Constant Growth: Upscaling & Sustainability – is bigger always better?’ and an Artist/Scientist speed networking event. All physical elements for our upcoming production of Further than the Furthest Thing have been created with utmost care for the environment, using recyclable and recycled materials wherever possible.

Working together
The Young Vic is an active and committed member of the London Theatre Consortium, where we have been working collaboratively for a decade to reduce our environmental impact. This includes a roadmap to 2025 and participation in Arts Council England’s Accelerator Programme. The London Theatre Consortium won the Highest Achievement for Commitment at the 2019 Creative Green Awards for its joint climate leadership over the past decade, when our Executive Director Lucy Davies was Chair.

 

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