The county’s premier performance venue Hall for Cornwall (HfC) has halved the amount of waste heading to landfill over the past five years as it moves to become a carbon neutral theatre.
Since 2005/6, HfC has also reduced its energy consumption by 22% and reduced its chemical use for cleaning the venue by 50%.
The theatre’s green figures have been released in the Hall for Cornwall’s Annual Review 2009-2010.
Highlights of the year 2009 to 2010 included the award-winning project Jack’s Cows, where artistic installations of cows appeared at key locations across Cornwall.
Tim Brinkman, director of HfC, said: “We have lots to celebrate over the past financial year, with our green achievements being a big step forward to become a carbon neutral theatre.
“We wanted to share our good news with the people who have helped bring the Hall to where it is today – an award-winning venue with a bright and sustainable future.”
In addition to reducing energy use, waste and cleaning chemicals, HfC is also focussed on using local suppliers where possible – almost 95% of its regular purchases are West Country base suppliers, with 90% in Cornwall.
Water saving measures have also been introduced to toilets, while recyclable products are sourced whenever possible, including the use of paper from sustainable forests and vegetable based inks for printed materials.
Electricity use at HfC had reduced from 650,000 units in 2005/6 to 550,000 in 2009/10, while gas use was reduced from 550,000 units to 350,000 in the same period.
To obtain a copy of the Hall for Cornwall Annual Review 2009/2010, email: MichelleD@hallforcornwall.org.uk or call 01872 321976.