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.
The Göteborg Opera year 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 hair 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.
Ozone-cabinets and eco-labelled menus
Our goal is to have as much eco-labelling and to be as eco-friendly as possible. That applies to everything, from paper and fabrics, to wines, food and sweets. In the restaurant, larger parties can order entire menus that are organic. The costume department has produced a concert outfit for the children's chorus that has been made entirely of organic fabrics. Even the sewing thread is organic. For a house with so many specially sewn costumes in sensitive materials, there is much that cannot be washed in a normal washing machine. Our dry cleaning now uses a more eco-friendly method, and we also have an ozone cabinet in which we are able to hang costumes to remove bacteria and the smell of perspiration. The ozone degrades and there are no emissions to the air. Thanks to this cabinet, the number of garments sent for dry cleaning has reduced considerably.
We transport lots of things at the same time
Coordinating 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?
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. Thaïs 2010. Photo: Mats Bäcker
Thaïs 2010. Foto: Mats Bäcker
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