ETC Theatre Green Book - the Journey Begins!
In 2021, the ETC network agreed to a new Sustainable Action Code for Theatres. This included a radical commitment: to become a climate-neutral network by 2030.
But how do we get there?
The ETC Theatre Green Book (ETC TGB) is the collaboration between ETC, Renew Culture and the renowned ‘Theatre Green Book’ initiative. The Theatre Green Book is a tool to guide theatres step-by-step towards net-zero emissions – across their productions, buildings and operations.
In order to have a shared assessment tool to measure progress on sustainable transformation in theatres in Europe, the Theatre Green Book is currently being adapted to international and national theatre structures, with the help of many partners — including ETC — feeding into this development.
The new procedures set out in the ETC Theatre Green Book include a self-certification process to energise both the public and policymakers about how much progress has been made on sustainability in their organisations. Four classifications are available: Preliminary, Baseline, Intermediate, and Advanced (equivalent to net-zero).
The ETC Theatre Green Book is being trialled in the 2023/24 season by a ‘Focus Group’ of 10 ETC theatres, who aim to reach Baseline standard by summer 2024. Their real-time thoughts and reflections will be shared with the network, as an invaluable resource in ETC’s ongoing sustainability programme and in the work to become climate neutral theatres by 2030.
During Autumn 2023, ETC Members are invited to fast-forward their own sustainable journey by attending a series of hands-on webinars about the ETC Theatre Green Book. These are intended as an introduction to the main concepts and tools used to make productions, buildings and operations sustainable, and also as a chance to hear first-hand how these tools have benefitted ETC colleagues across Europe.
Follow the ETC Theatre Green Book journey and access additional news, recordings and resources here!
Read the working draft (members only)
Check out the webinars (members only)
Read the ETC Sustainable Action Code
Meet the ETC Green Theatre Committee