The RSC recognises that we are facing a climate change emergency and that the ambition to reduce emissions to net zero needs to be accelerated and achieved before 2050.

The RSC is aware that through our activities, we have an impact on the environment and contribute to climate change. At the same time, we believe that we have a responsibility to work to reduce this impact and minimise our contribution. There are significant challenges for us in addressing these issues which will require us to tackle our patterns of consumption and travel; however we will continually seek ways to take positive action.

We are committed to developing and reviewing our environmental action plan on an annual basis to address carbon reduction across the organisation. This will analyse our carbon footprint and firstly target the direct emissions from our own activities and fleet and indirect emissions from purchased electricity.

We actively engage with the Spotlight Programme to monitor and reduce carbon emissions associated with gas and electricity. Through the Spotlight Programme, we are committed to reducing emissions from purchased energy by 8.3% by 2022 and we will establish further targets to become carbon neutral by 2030. This will be achieved by:

  • Reducing energy consumption and improving energy efficiency across our buildings
  • Increasing the procurement of energy from renewable sources
  • Increasing onsite renewable energy generation
  • Maintaining and extending where possible the use of electric and alternative fuelled company vehicles

We recognise that there is also a need for the RSC to act to address our indirect emissions which result from the consumption of resources and travel. We will:

  • Seek to efficiently manage the consumption and disposal of resources across all operations to:
    • Eliminate, where possible, and reduce waste production
    • Maximise reuse and recycling
    • Achieve zero waste to landfill by the end of 2022
  • Implement a policy that promotes sustainable procurement and design by the end of 2020
  • Assess and implement measures to reduce the impact of business travel and touring

As part of this process, we will continue to engage and communicate with colleagues on our approach and our policies through training, internal communications and the Sustainability Group. We will also share and build on our experiences and knowledge by engaging with other arts and cultural organisations. 

Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director

March 2020