Truro’s Hall for Cornwall looks set to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral theatre after beating its energy efficiency targets.
Last year the Truro-based venue joined the 10:10 campaign to aim for a 10 per cent reduction of carbon emissions during 2010.
But the venue did even better than expectations, having eventually achieved a reduction of 17 per cent, becoming the first arts organisation to beat the target.
Since 2005, the venue has halved the amount of waste heading to landfill, reduced its energy consumption by 22 per cent and reduced its chemical use for cleaning the venue by 50 per cent.
More recently, Cornwall Council helped with the installation of a new energy efficient lighting system which will reduce electricity consumption by as much as 60 per cent.
Tim Brinkman, director at Hall for Cornwall, said work would continue to improve energy efficiency.
He told thisiscornwall: “We are leading the field in becoming a low-carbon theatre, gaining valuable expertise to share with community organisations across Cornwall.
“This lighting upgrade is our latest measure to save money and carbon, we will continue to focus on energy and cost reduction – leading the field in environmental sustainability and helping to improve our financial sustainability.”
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