Almost 10 years on from launching Greening The Wharf, Sydney Theatre Company, continues to work hard to achieve reductions in emissions, electricity and water usage.
The performing arts have always stimulated both visionary conversations and practical action. In this tradition, STC has created an ambitious and multifaceted environmental sustainability project called Greening The Wharf. The program, started in 2007 by former Co-Artistic Directors Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, continues to deliver beneficial results.
2015 (measured against 2007 benchmarks) saw significant reductions achieved in grid electricity usage, water consumption and emissions generation, while the Company also continued to recycle sets and produce solar-generated electricity on site.
The following statistics are from 2015 compared to 2007:
Grid energy consumption down 50.9% - enough to power 65 homes each year;
Water usage down 71.3% - saving 4.5 Olympic-size swimming pools
Gas consumption down 17.6%
Greenhouse gas emissions down 47.7% (electricity and gas only) -equivalent to taking 124.7 cars off the road
Solar electricity generated 457 mw – enough to power 61.8 homes each year.
The scale and comprehensive approach to sustainability makes Greening The Wharf arguably a first for any major theatre company globally. The program encompasses infrastructure projects, Company-wide behavioural change, environmentally responsible theatre production, community engagement and education. The project continues to transform the heritage-listed Wharf building on Sydney Harbour into an exemplar of environmental leadership.