As an opera company with a global outlook, we believe it is our responsibility to put environmental thinking and action at the heart of what we do.

Tackling climate change is a joint effort. By engaging employees, musicians, audiences, communities, and supporters in the environmental process, we can help to reduce our environmental impact and carbon footprint, and inspire wider change towards a more sustainable future.

Our environmental aims

Operations – Reduce the environmental impact of our operations and buildings by continually monitoring our performance, reducing utility usage wherever possible and sustainably procuring goods and services

Productions – Establish a more sustainable production and touring model, and explore options to address environmental themes in our productions

Travel – Support and promote more sustainable travel options to our staff and audiences

Community – Embed environmental themes and engagement into our education and community programmes

Partnerships – Develop environmental collaboration with our partners and with individual supporters

Backstage at Leeds Grand Theatre during rehearsals for Pagliacci © Tom Arber

Our actions so far

  • Moved onto a 100% renewable energy tariff where possible with Good Energy
  • Awarded a 3 star “Creative Green” certification by Julie’s Bicycle
  • Installed water saving devices throughout our buildings
  • Introduced on site food composting
  • Offered discounted public transport for staff
  • Event transport is handled by StageFreight, winners of 2019 award for Eco-friendly road fleet of the Year.
  • Established an Opera North ‘Green Team’ to advocate internally for our environmental aims
  • Cut electricity usage through behaviour change campaigns
  • Replaced lighting with LED across the estate where possible
  • Swapped disposable items for more environmentally friendly alternatives
  • Successfully trialled a fully recycled set for a new production, Not Such Quiet Girls
  • Now send all main stage sets to be recycled at the end of their life by a specialist contractor, Stockyard North
  • Saved paper at Howard Assembly Room song recital performances by installing surtitles screens rather than giving out sheets with song translations
  • Came second in category for Love to Ride‘s #CycleSeptember 2018

Cora Kirk as Tony, Tara Divina as Mary and Laura Prior as Harry with the Chorus of Opera North in Not Such Quiet Girls © Justin Slee


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