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.

We are 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 reduce any negative impacts, promote positive action and address climate change. There are significant challenges for us in doing so which will require us to tackle our patterns of consumption and travel, however we will continually seek ways to work towards becoming a truly environmentally responsible theatre.

We are committed to developing and reviewing our environmental action plan on an annual basis to address carbon reduction and engage the whole organisation in environmental responsibility.

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 11.6% by 2023 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 the importance of taking action to address our indirect emissions and the environmental impacts which result from the procurement and consumption of resources and of travel. We will implement measures to meet the standards within the Theatre Green Book, with a focus on action to:

  • become advocates, providing example and leadership for others to take environmental action
  • incorporate environmental sustainability into the creative process; into the stories we tell and how we tell them
  • promote environmentally sustainable procurement
  • 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
  • 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 staff. We will also share and build on our experiences and knowledge by engaging with other arts, cultural organisations and our audiences.


Theatre Green Book (in green) we're making theatre sustainable (in grey)