We are committed to ensuring that sustainability and protection of the environment sits at the heart of our company, our work and our ethos.  As an arts organisation with a “without walls” model and a commitment to bringing theatre to audiences all over Scotland, we are acutely aware of the effect our core mission has in terms of carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. 

We commit to:

  • Reducing our carbon emissions in line with Scottish Government targets of 75% by 2030 (from a baseline of 2019 levels) and net zero by 2045, but we will strive to achieve this sooner.   
  • Keeping climate and social justice rooted in all our work, activities and actions.
  • Placing sustainability at the heart of our work with communities and organisations across Scotland. 
  • Recognising that our position of leadership in the sector comes with a responsibility to learn, inform, communicate and influence.  

Our vision is to help support a healthy and sustainable environment that supports adaptation, regeneration and a better, caring and more collaborative world.   

We will deliver this ambition through six key strategic areas of work.  

People

We are dedicated to embedding attitudinal change in ourselves and in all people that engage with us, from theatre makers through to participants and audiences, to create active, engaged and creative citizens. 

  • We have established a team of Green Leaders, including at Board level, who will lead us in the drive towards climate adaptation and instil a culture of shared responsibility across the organisation.
  • We are developing a programme of learning and education including workshops, talks, and events for Board and staff to develop an understanding of the issues arising from climate change and to support them on our journey. 
  • We are providing Carbon Literacy training for Green Leaders and will be rolling this out to the rest of the staff by the end of 2022, also offering similar training to the wider sector. 
  • We will be a centre for the exchange of skills, ideas and knowledge and use our learning to help promote climate literacy among everyone we interact with as we go forward.
  • We will communicate our actions, ambitions and commitments around climate adaptation and mitigation to our audiences and to the wider community. 

Production

We will set ourselves ambitious targets and objectives in our production activities across all projects and strive to bring genuine change to the way we work, adapting to a circular economy ethos throughout our production process. We are strongly committed to the Theatre Green Book- linked here. This new guidance sets a common standard for a sustainable production process, and we will trial it for our 21/22 season and beyond.

  • We will work with our creative partners to develop new and innovative skills in sustainable design with an environmentally friendly approach that considers locally sourced materials. 
  • We will embed sustainability clauses in contracts with venues, companies, and individuals so that our principles are clear.   
  • Whenever possible, we will reuse, repurpose, and recycle materials and employ a zero-to-landfill policy. 
  • We will always consider the life cycle of materials and equipment and primarily aim to buy from sustainable sources more locally. 
  • We commit to sourcing 75% of all materials for our productions from sustainable sources and disposing 80% of all waste sustainably. We will seek to increase this to 100% by 2025. 

Programme

We believe that the transformation needed to end the climate emergency requires an emotional journey as much as a practical, physical one. Transformation is an act of imagination; Artists are unique communication strategists who through theatre can share big and difficult ideas through an emotional lens that can stimulate social change on a world stage.   

Our commissioning and producing model offers us a key opportunity for the artistic exploration and communication of climate change issues, actions and solutions and help create a shared vision for a hopeful future.  

We will therefore ensure that our programme contributes to social change and environmental sustainability as follows:  

  • We will commission bold and playful productions that explore urgent climate ideas through compelling storytelling.  
  • We will employ the talents and skills of Scotland’s artists to envision and tell the story of the nation’s journey to sustainability.  
  • We will work with arts and climate change partners to co-produce and present work to a broad audience across Scotland. 
  • We will explore digital partnerships and opportunities to create work for an international audience.
  • We will continue to explore and programme work that reflects the intersection between racial injustice and the climate crisis.  
  • We will ensure that the climate emergency is a focus of discussion and creative exchange within our artist development and creative engagement programmes. 

Places

Starting with our own creation centre, Rockvilla, and everywhere we tour our “without walls” work to, we will treat each place with respect and ensure that we leave behind us tangible legacies to encourage everyone to play their part in climate adaptation and resilience.    

  • We commit to reducing the carbon emissions from Rockvilla in line with government policy, but with the expectation that we can do better.   
  • We will install a solar panel system on our roof at Rockvilla and intend to generate all our own electricity by 2024. 
  • We will ensure that our building is working hard to adapt and bend to its full sustainable potential using technologies, many of which are already in place, like its biomass boiler, LED lighting and passive cooling.   
  • In the course of our work outside our own building, we will engage with venues and sites throughout Scotland and beyond. We recognise that we have a responsibility to them and will work hard to reduce the negative environmental impact of our visits. 

Partnerships

The journey to carbon neutral is not one we can do on our own and we recognise the importance of working with others.

  • We have a wide a range of partnerships with organisations, stakeholders, individuals, and government bodies, including Creative Carbon Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland. We will ensure that we work collaboratively with them in supporting more sustainable work and that we grow our reach and influence across the country. 
  • We seek out partnerships with other organisations that can support us in our learning and ambitions, and aim to work with companies and individuals that share our commitment to a sustainable future.   
  • For those who are at an early stage in their learning we will share our knowledge and commitment with them to build awareness. 

Procurement

We will integrate sustainability into our supply chain by sourcing products and services that minimise our environmental footprint and have a positive social impact.   

  • We seek jointly to create sustainable value with our suppliers and favour those adopting a proactive approach towards minimising environmental impacts. 
  • We will review our pension plan to ensure it works both for our people and contributes to a more sustainable world. 
  • We commit to Rockvilla becoming a single-use plastic free building by the end 2022. 

Monitoring and Auditing

We commit to rigorous monitoring and auditing of our plans to guarantee that we are always engaging in best environmental practice and providing leadership. 

  • Our Action Plan will be regularly reviewed and evaluated by the Executive, Management, Staff and Board teams.
  • We will continue to find the most sustainable ways to tackle climate change and to hold ourselves to account.   

Contact us

Our Green plan is a live document, and we are always striving to improve our approaches to ensure sustainability sits at the heart of all of our work. If you have any questions, suggestions, or opportunities you would like to share, please do contact our Green Team at GreenTeam@nationaltheatrescotland.com