Our environmental work

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL WORK

In our operations, we intend to be economical with finite, renewable resources. We intend to provide our employees with good environmental knowledge and actively reducing our impact on the environment.

you can eat here with a clean conscience.

GöteborgsOperans Restaurang har en väl utvecklad miljöfilosofi som genomsyrar verksamheten. Det bekräftas av Nordens främsta miljömärkning: Svanen.

Svanenmärkningen gäller hela GöteborgsOperans Restaurang, som förutom lunch- och à la carte-servering även innefattar caféer, barer, matsal och kök. Hela verksamhetens livscykel, från inköp av råvaror till avfallssortering, kontrolleras. Det innebär bland annat att vi på GöteborgsOperan har en hög andel ekologiska råvaror. Vi har också närproducerade och rättvisemärkta produkter i vårt utbud samtidigt som genmodifierade livsmedel är förbjudna. Fisk och skaldjur kontrolleras mot IUCN:s röda lista och de nordiska artdatabankerna. Så långt det är möjligt köps miljömärkta sorter in. På menyn finns alltid minst ett vegetariskt alternativ. En gång i veckan har vi ”köttfri dag” på lunchen.

De flesta av våra rengöringsmedel är miljömärkta, matavfallet blir biogas och annat avfall, som glas, plast, metall, kartong, papper och matfett sorteras till återvinning. Elförbrukningen kontrolleras och till 100 % består av grön el. De ytterst få engångsartiklar som används, exempelvis servetter, är miljömärkta. Vi anlitar såväl Svanenmärkt tvätteri som tryckeri och merparten av de ljuskällor som finns i våra lokaler är LED eller bättre än energiklass B. Vi strävar hela tiden efter att utvecklas och göra miljöförbättrande åtgärder.

Att välja Svanenmärkt är ett enkelt sätt att rädda världen lite grann varje dag. #räddavärlden

Läs mer på www.svanen.se

bee hives

As a symbol for our continued environmental work, we have been keeping hives on the roof for the past couple of years. The honey is then sold in the OperaShop. Some bees fly to Trädgårdsföreningen (the botanical gardens) to collect their nectar they also are busy with the flower plantations we also have on the roof. And now they've got company: shiny new solar panels.


SOLar panels on the opera house

Since 1994 we have focused closely on environmental questions. Now our new tenants, the bees, have gotten some company; in autumn 2014 solar panels were mounted on our roof.

Just over 600 sq. metres of our roof, almost 3 tennis courts, has been covered with solar cells. They will supply 107 000 kW per year – about as much as five private houses energy usage for the same period.

The Göteborg Opera in 2036

The Göteborg Opera actively works on environmental issues and has been doing so for several years. Our operation has an impact on the environment in several ways. For that reason, we always endeavour to choose the best options from an environmental perspective. Everything we do implies a difference for future generations, so it is important for us to think carefully in advance. Environmental work is a prioritised goal within all departments and we are constantly looking for opportunities to improve.

How much do we know about sorting waste and recycling?

We don't know everything but are learning more all the time, and environmental training courses are being held continuously. The whole house carries out waste sorting; we sort everything from office paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, hard and soft plastics, to different metals such as aluminum. We also set strict requirements for our suppliers – for example, they must make deliveries in returnable crates, bottles and packaging. We also try to re-use our scenery whenever possible, and have modular systems where everything can be taken down and built back up again. There are also carcasses for the scenery, such as walls, coaches, steps and structures that can be used multiple times.

Synthetic or genuine hair?

Are there any alternatives to the materials we use? Where possible, we use straps instead of adhesive tape and screws instead of glue. We use genuine hair for the wigs instead of synthetic hair. Marketing is being carried out in an increasingly digital way instead of using different types of paper flyers. As regards energy consumption, the stage requires a lot of light, but otherwise, we use low-energy light bulbs. Presence detector lighting is used in all of the major rooms and in the dressing rooms. Apart from district heating, the building now also has district cooling.

environmental focus in the Operashop

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani collection, made up of t-shirts, cloth bags and beanies, comes from Dem Collective, a supplier who fuses organic materials, ethics, quality and considered design.

We transport in bulk

Co-ordinating transportation is one obvious measure. We also try to work with local suppliers and always choose eco-friendly transportation as our first option.

An entirely green production?

Thaïs 2010. Foto: Mats Bäcker

Our goal is actually to have an entire production eco-labelled. The Göteborg Opera carried out a lifecycle analysis of the opera Thaïs and is now undertaking measures based on its findings.

Tips and ideas

If you have any tips and ideas of the way the Göteborg Opera's environmental work could be improved, please email us at info@opera.se.

Contact us

Christina Nilssons Gata, 411 04 Göteborg
Telephone (switch) 031-10 80 00
Ticket office & Restaurant 031-13 13 00

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