The Lyric Hammersmith is a recognised leader in environmental sustainability and is fully committed to reducing its impact on the environment.
We include ‘environmentally friendly’ within our mission, and one of our Key Business Aims is ‘to reduce the theatre’s long term impact on the environment and be a model of best practice for other cultural organisations’. The Lyric has been awarded the highest 5 Star Creative Green certification by Julie’s Bicycle for commitment to sustainability.
We set our work in a national and international context. We are committed to supporting the ambitions of the landmark Paris Agreement of December 2015 to limit global temperature rise to below 2C against pre-industrial levels. We are also committed to the UK Climate Change Act and the Mayor of London’s 2008 target to reduce London’s greenhouse gas emissions by 60% from 1990 levels by 2025.
Through our actions and our artistic programme, we seek to create awareness, understanding and a positive approach to environmental sustainability recognising the global significance of this issue and the social justice implications of addressing climate change.
We have an active Green Team who creatively deliver on our Green Action Plan which accompanies our Green Policy. The action plan builds on our past achievements and sets out continued and new actions for the future.
The Lyric is a sector leader in communication around climate change with a view to influencing practice among industry peers, partners, staff, audiences, participants, practitioners and its supply chain.
You can read more about our Sustainability Policy using the link below and send us suggestions to @LyricHammer #LoveGreen
We have been working to measure and reduce our environmental impact since 2010 and have enjoyed many green successes over recent years, including:
- We were one of the first theatres to receive a Julie’s Bicycle Creative Green 5 star rating, our ninth year of accreditation under this environmental certification scheme.
- We have won The Stage Sustainability Award in 2019 as well as the best Green Business Award at the Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s annual Brilliant Business Awards.
- We teamed up with Hammersmith BID to install three beehives on our roof and so we are now the home of approximately 180,000 Buckfast Bees.
- In 2017 we were awarded the Julie’s Bicycle Creative Green Award for ‘Commitment’ to Environmental Sustainability and our Head of Administration, ‘Green Champion of the Year’.
- Our capital redevelopment prioritised sustainability in design and included a green sedum roof, air source heat pumps and the use of reclaimed materials throughout. We have now converted the majority (95%) of our building lighting to LED. We were awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification in 2017 putting us in the top 10% of new buildings and recognising the Lyric as a model of best practice nationally. An ‘Excellent’ rating is highly unusual for an extended building.
- We source our electricity from an ethical and 100% renewable supply via Ecotricity.
- We operate a zero waste to landfill policy.
- We operate ‘paperless’ systems in our Finance and Administration department.
- We have run public communication campaigns, #Foodforthought in 2019, #LyricLent in 2017 and #21DaysofAction in 2015 to raise awareness of environmental sustainability issues engaging our staff and partners. We run extensive staff engagement campaigns including our polar bear switch off scheme; the Lyric waterbottles scheme; Cycle To Work scheme and cycling initiatives run in association with Transport for London; free meditation sessions in our Sensory Space; subsidised yoga classes; and a plastic bag depository.
- Our catering team work to increase and promote vegetarian and vegan menu options and increased the amount of produce we source locally. We have introduced reusable plastic glasses for audiences to take into our theatres and use glass at non-performance times.
- We play a lead role in the London Theatre Consortium’s Environmental Sustainability Programme delivered in partnership with Julie’s Bicycle, now entering its 6th year in which we work collaboratively with consortium members to build awareness, share expertise and skills and to collectively monitor and drive down carbon emissions. Collectively we are have reduced carbon emissions by 15% since 2010 and are on track to meet the Mayor’s target of a 60% carbon reduction by 2025.