Bristol Music Trust, the charity that runs Colston Hall, has announced its ambition for the transformed Hall to become carbon neutral by 2030. The announcement makes the Hall the first concert hall in the UK to step forward in the face of the current climate emergency and declare this intention. Together with key delivery partners, the team will build on current sustainable practices, take immediate actions and work to finalise a detailed delivery plan by autumn 2020 to achieve this ambition.
Key delivery collaborators also include sustainability partners and Transformation building contractors, Willmott Dixon, who have been carbon neutral since 2012 and were the first in the construction industry to do so, alongside international sustainability advisors Sydney Opera House, who achieved carbon neutral status five years ahead of its goal in 2018. Louise Mitchell, chief executive, Bristol Music Trust, commented:
"At this stage in our transformation we are in a prime position to put environmental and sustainability targets centre stage. Our target is ambitious but absolutely realistic based on how we, as an organisation and our key partners, are embracing sustainability.
We have been at the heart of Bristol’s arts and culture scene for over 150 years and we take our commitment to the Bristol community and our role in the city very seriously. This extends beyond the delivery of our performance and education programmes with our responsibility to make a difference and lead the way in how our sector can reduce our environmental impact."