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Arts groups reaping benefits of going green

Arts groups reaping benefits of going green

Arts groups reaping benefits of going green

Any type of business that has physical premise can go green.

Commercial decision-makers may feel that they need to have a huge energy consumption or a fleet of various vehicles creating a massive carbon footprint before they act, but that is not the case.

Firms of all sizes in all sectors can help make a difference and make substantial savings along the way, as evidenced by a new report from charity Julie's Bicycle.

It found that more than 50 per cent of arts organisations have experienced financial benefits after making efforts to become more environmentally friendly, while 62 per cent believe environmental sustainability will become increasingly important to their business over the next 24 months.

As well as the money and energy-saving benefits, there are also the reputational advantages to consider. A further 40 per cent of respondents said that they had experienced benefits to their public profile and reputation simply due to their green commitments.

"This is a community that wants to come together, to learn from one another and scale that knowledge," said Alison Tickell, chief executive officer for Julie's Bicycle. "The combined force of all the creative industries working together is unsurpassed when it comes to crafting culture: as such they are key drivers for developing a sustainable worldview."

Although the survey was anonymous, there are several green pioneers in the arts sector. The Arcola Theatre in London has installed solar panels and a 60 kilowatt biomass boiler at its premises, while the Bestival music festival simply promotes the use of public transport and awards litter-picking with a free cup of tea.

Changes can be as pain-free as looking at environmentally-conscious cleaning suppliers such as Aurora or promoting carpooling. Overall, the responding organisations of this particular survey reach a combined audience of 70 million, which accounted for a combined turnover of over £1 billion.

Another way businesses could help the environment is via the Green Deal. Recent changes to the government scheme are showing early signs of success, with householders the first to take advantage. It has been estimated £2.61 million has been issued in cashback in the first week of the drive to make property more sustainable.

The Green Deal, which launched last year, allows residential and commercial buildings to be made more energy efficient, reducing the amount of power - and money - that is needed to heat them.

"We've changed the Green Deal to make it simpler and faster for people to make their homes more energy efficient," energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey said. "I want as many people as possible to benefit from this unmissable offer. It won’t be around forever, so sign up now and get your home ready for the winter."

These recent pushes come at a time when BM TRADA - an international certification organisation - has labelled green action as a "necessity, not a nicety", saying environmental and energy concerns should be at the top of every group's agenda.

Aurora prides itself on its green credentials. Committed to the highest possible environmental standards we only use products which have environmental certification and train our teams to always consider the environment first in everything they do.

 

Posted by Julie Tucker

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