Established in 1993 by Artistic Director Liv Lorent, balletLORENT is one of the UK's most distinctive dance companies touring the UK with an exciting range of work for audiences of all ages, and creating unique digital work which engages with a wide demographic. In addition to producing innovative and diverse dance theatre and film, we are committed to delivering dance education of the highest standard to children and adults in the North East, across the UK and around the world. We are based within Newcastle’s West End, at John Marley Centre, Scotswood.
We acknowledge that our operations have an effect on the environment, and we are committed to embedding environmental thinking into everything we do, and reducing the environmental impact of all our work. We are motivated to do this, to not only bring about positive environmental change, but also to effectively manage our costs which will give us greater resilience going into the future.
We have identified the following key environmental aspects that contribute to our environmental and carbon footprint:
- Utilities – electricity, gas, and water
- Business travel and accommodation
- Transportation of our equipment to/from performance venues
- Employee commuting to/from our offices/rehearsal space
- Purchased goods and services (including but not limited to props, stage set,costumes, maintenance, merchandise, education equipment, and technicalequipment)
- Website emissions
- Paper usage
- Waste – compostable, recyclable and general
- Our digital carbon impact (excepting website emissions)
- Other impacts associated with our artistic and L&P programmes
balletLORENT is committed to working with the Board, staff, artists, volunteers, suppliers, and funders to ensure the effective implementation of this policy, and to set robust benchmarking to work from.
Our environmental commitment can be demonstrated in our established objectives and goals below:
- reduce our usage of electricity, gas and water when comparing 2023/2024 data with that of 2022/2023.
- reduce business travel (kilometres travelled) and accommodation room nights) when comparing 2023/2024 data with that of 2022/2023.
- reduce our tonne.km impact of transportation of equipment when comparing 2023/2024 data with that of 2022/2023.
- increase non-car staff commuting when comparing 2023/2024 data with that of 2022/2023.
- oreduce our overall spend on purchased goods and services when comparing 2023/2024 data with that of 2022/2023.
- reduce the kg of CO2 emitted by our website when comparing 2023/2024 data with that of 2022/2023.
- reduce our paper usage when comparing 2023/2024 data with that of 2022/2023.
- increase the overall waste that is composted when comparing 2023/2024 data with that of 2022/2023.
- increase the overall waste that is recycled when comparing 2023/2024 data with that of 2022/2023.
We will continue to improve our environmental management system by working to the Investors in the Environment criteria, adhering to all relevant legislation, any changes in the operation and/or size of our organisation, and any other relevant factors. We will convey this policy to all our employees ensuring that they are provided with training to increase awareness of environmental matters.
Thomas Bagnall, General Manager, is our Sustainability & Green Champion and has designated responsibility for the day-to-day implementation of this policy. Due to statutory terms ending, our board-level Environmental Champion position is currently vacant, however we are currently recruiting to achieve expertise for our Capital Project at John Marley Centre and this will form part of this recruitment process. We aim to have someone in post by Autumn 2023.
balletLORENT will make this policy available when requested to interested parties including members of the public, including making a copy available on our website.
Artistic Director & CEO
14th June 2023