Sustainability at Dutch National Opera & Ballet
At Dutch National Opera & Ballet, we are committed to creating art in a sustainable way. We recapture and reuse our sets and costumes where we can, we make sustainability improvements to our buildings and we are working on reducing our carbon footprint. We are even working on attracting a sparrow colony to one of our buildings!
Moving towards a sustainable future
Dutch National Opera & Ballet (DNO&B) has the ambition to enrich the lives of as many people as possible with the wonder and beauty of opera and ballet. Because we want both this and future generations to be able to enjoy the magic of our performances, sustainability has been a core value for DNO&B for many years. Also, climate concerns play an increasingly important role in how the creators we partner up with go about their work.
Our primary focus at this point is to make sustainability improvements to our buildings and to our opera and ballet productions. We are also working on reducing our carbon footprint.
We are a dynamic organisation that is constantly in development. It takes a lot to become more sustainable; every step you take leads to the next. That can be challenging, but is a source of inspiration at the same time. We learn from everything we do and adjust our procedures accordingly. We are committed and driven, not just when it comes to creating great art, but also in our sustainability effort.
Our sustainability drive is based on the BREEAM method. BREEAM is an internationally recognised measure of the sustainability of buildings and business practices. In 2019, DNO&B was the very first theatre in the Netherlands to be awarded two BREEAM-NL certificates. We are proud of this achievement.
Reusable sets and costumes and environmentally friendly materials: sustainability considerations are increasingly gaining traction in our opera and ballet productions.
We are working tirelessly to implement sustainability improvements in our theatre and the Production Workshop, for instance by installing solar panels, using green power and LED lighting, and planting an insect-friendly garden.
Our business practices are the procedures that allow us to undertake our activities. We separate our waste and dispose of it by electric boat, offer a greener menu, and have embraced emission-free travel. We are also reducing our impact here.
Our sustainability efforts at a glance
Follow the link below for a summary of all of DNO&B’s sustainability efforts to date.
The shift towards low-carbon art
Sustainability Coordinator Julie Fuchs talks about reducing the carbon footprint of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.