Supporting the Environment

Learn more about what Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival is doing to be more sustainable

We're committed to reducing the negative environmental impact of the activities taking place in our venues and through our work around the City.

We track the amount of electricity required to get the show on the road, the gas to keep our venues welcoming and the water to quench the audience. We recognise the importance of reducing waste from our bars and catering operations and our cleaning and creative activities. We acknowledge the impacts created by our audiences as they come to enjoy our events and as our staff travel to seek out artists and bring them to Brighton. We recognise the potential that we may influence the suppliers we engage and the importance of the little details in the way we run our administration, make our marketing choices and in the ways we embrace technology.

  • Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival is committed to the Arts Councils aim that the arts take a lead in making the world a more sustainable, responsible and equitable place and to transform itself into a low carbon, sustainable and resilient sector.
  • We will communicate our mission to be an ethical organization engaging with our staff, stakeholders and audiences on sustainability issues
  • We will ensure that all maintenance & redevelopment projects explicitly include environmental considerations and liaise with architects and contractors to ensure compliance

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  • We’re working on finding a viable alternative to plastic cups for use at our gigs in 2019
  • In 2018, we eliminated plastic straws and stirrers from the bar to reduce plastic use
  • We only use wooden disposable cutlery and stirrers at our venue
  • We aim to serve drinks in glass and china at seated events
  • We are continuing to ensure that we remain a 0% to landfill organisation. Any leftover waste is recycled and burned for energy, so we can be confident that our waste does not reach the ocean.
  • In order to reduce single-use plastic, we have refilling stations and mains water supplies to replace bottled water use
  • We offer 10% discount at the café if you bring a keep cup
  • We have introduced two coffee recycling bins at Brighton Dome. We encourage staff and visitors to recycle their coffee cups in the designated bins
  • In 2019, we stopped using single-use plastic bottles of water. Alternatively, we're selling CanO Water a recyclable alternative


  • We continue to make responsible choices in procuring our energy, purchasing green tariff electricity and increase market demand for electricity generated from renewable sources. From October 2019 we will also be using green gas from renewable sources.
  • For three-years running, we participated in the WWF #Earth Hour. Staff worked around the fact that our venue was buzzing with events and the ticket office, bar and entrances were transformed to remove all non-essential lighting.
  • 59% of our waste was recycled in 2017/2018, with the remainder being burned for energy. Components from equipment are stripped and equipment recycled. Coffee cups sorted and recycled by special arrangement.
  • R Durtnell & Sons have re-used 400 tonnes of earth from the redevelopment of the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre, redistributing this to other sites. They recycle or burned all non-hazardous waste.



  • BDBF joined the ‘Cycle to Work Scheme’ helping staff to access bicycles and also run Dr Bike maintenance sessions.
  • We have made consistent reductions in energy consumption - our Energy Display Certificate confirms our comparative energy efficiency. We will strive to continue to reduce the use of energy in our venues and in turn our carbon footprint
  • We measure our consumption of gas, electricity and water sharing data with the Arts Council via Julie’s Bicycles Industry Green Tools
  • We invest in energy saving initiatives such as LED lighting
  • We will monitor and work to reduce the emissions associated with audience travel to our venues and our business travel


  • We monitor our water usage and make investment in water saving equipment

This statement is supported by a 3 year Environmental Action Plan and annual plans. The action plan is informed by our environmental monitoring and measurement and fed by the passion and creativity of our staff Green Team and Management Team. The Action Plan is reviewed and updated on an annual basis.

The Environmental Statement and Action Plan was developed using guidelines from Julie’s Bicycle:

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