Battersea Arts Centre is part of the London Theatre Consortium (LTC) which consists of thirteen producing theatres across London. The LTC made a three-year commitment in 2010 to address their environmental impacts, along the way becoming exemplars of a collaborative approach to sustainable business. This was achieved in partnership with Julie’s Bicycle, a non-profit company providing expertise in environmental sustainability to over 1000 arts organisations in the UK and internationally.
Julie's Bicycle has developed an environmental certification scheme called Industry Green, awarding 1 to 3 stars to festivals, venues and offices committed to improving their environmental performance covering energy usage, waste, water and travel.
In the 2010/2011 year, Battersea Arts Centre was awarded 1 star, and in 2011/2012 was awarded 2 stars. For the 2012/13 year, we achieved our goal of a full 3 star rating.
We are really pleased that for the 2013/14 year we have retained that 3 star rating, in recognition of our strong commitment to managing our carbon footprint and continually improving our environmental impacts.
As part of our Building Project, we are examining our reliance on fossil fuel energy and water use. We are working with consultants, energy industry professionals, architects, staff, artists and building users to understand major changes needed to our heating system and electricity infrastructure to reduce our carbon footprint.
When Battersea Arts Centre’s building was constructed in 1893 as a town hall, it was not connected to electricity as cables did not extend far enough up Lavender Hill. The whole building was heated through warm air vents and lighting was provided by gas lamps, one of which still exists in an office corridor to this day. Cooling was achieved by opening windows and roof vents.
During winter you'll find wood burning stoves and a blanket box in public spaces and last winter we unveiled new efficient radiators and under-floor heating in the Scratch Bar. Other solutions include using timers, thermostats and targeted radiant heaters.
Light fixtures have motion sensors and use ultra-low-power dimmable LED fittings and we have a stock of LED theatrical lighting. We use a low-power espresso machine in the Scratch Bar, monitor our printing and copying and use a waste provider who sends nothing to landfill.
Every member of staff is encouraged to consider how we can reduce our impact and cut costs.
We try our best to switch off non-vital lighting and appliances when they're not needed, recycle/re-use as much as possible, purchase recycled products, use local suppliers for the Scratch Bar to cut down on food miles, commit to public transport, walking or cycling, and encourage all suppliers, artists, hirers and contractors to do the same.