We're switching off for Earth Hour

Posted on 22 March 2013

At 8.30pm on Sat 23 March we will be participating in Earth Hour, which sees hundreds of millions of people across the globe turning off the lights in their homes and businesses for one hour.

Unfortunately we can’t turn off all of our lights as we have a performance of comedy Boeing Boeing on the Main Stage that evening, so we will show our support by switching off all non essential lighting, namely our iconic chandeliers. By taking part in this global ‘lights out’ event we will be acknowledging our commitment to personal and operational actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead.

Earth Hour began as a single-city initiative – in Sydney, Australia – in 2007 and has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries across every continent switching off their lights for Earth Hour 2012, creating history as the world’s greatest ever environmental action.

Some of the world’s most famous man-made marvels and natural wonders, including China’s Forbidden City, Eiffel Tower, Table Mountain, Great Pyramids of Egypt, Buckingham Palace, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, Niagara and Victoria Falls, Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House and many more global icons stood in darkness as a powerful symbol of landmark environmental action.

With an in house Green Team and a Striving to be Green policy, the Belgrade is committed to looking at ways that it can operate more efficiently, waste less and reduce our ecological footprint.

Amongst other things, all lighting in the theatre has been converted to low energy, with approximately 1500 to 1600 light bulbs replaced, and all offices have been fitted with split switches allowing the lighting to be used over working desks only. Also, sensor lights have been fitted where appropriate and scheduled procedures are in place for ‘summer lighting’ between May and September when natural light is sufficient. Even the bulbs in our iconic chandeliers have now been changed to 18 watt halogen light bulbs which use 2.5kwh less energy on each chandelier.

All of this hard work has paid off and between 2011 and 2012 the theatre reduced its energy consumption by 150,000kwh, making a saving of £8,000 and more importantly, reducing its CO2 impact.

A summary of the theatre’s key energy saving achievements can be found by downloading the Striving to be Green document from the Environmental Section of our website.

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