Going green and staying green

Our long-term goal is to bring a ‘green mindset’ to everything we do, operationally and creatively, ensuring we work in as sustainable a way as possible.

We established our Beacon Green Team in 2015 to support our green ambitions and help us reduce reducing our carbon footprint. We record and monitor carbon emissions, as part of our Carbon Management Plan, and in 2015 we joined Creative Carbon Scotland’s Green Arts Initiative and follow their recommendations.

  • We monitor and reduce kitchen waste and aim to work with environmentally conscious suppliers for our catering.
  • We’ve completely removed single use plastics from our consumable purchases, replacing them with compostable alternatives instead.
  • Our season brochure is now printed in smaller quantities (we make more use of digital distribution) and using vegetable inks on FSC approved papers – planting broadleaved trees in local woodland helps to ensure that the print process is completely carbon balanced.

2020/21 priority project | Reduction in gas and consumption

A reduction in gas consumption will have indirectly occurred in 2020, due to the venue being closed for a number of months, and during 2021 we will continue to develop our Building Management System for more efficient use.

2019 priority project | Waste and recycling reduction

In 2019, we began exploring the introduction of filtered water points around the building, encouraging further reduction in single use plastics. Compostable paper cups and plastic glasses are now in use and we switched to paper straws in our catering. We changed our brochure packaging from polythene to a compostable potato-starch alternative and we have explored options to introduce public recycling points within the Beacon

2018 priority project | Reduction in electrical consumption

We installed energy efficient LED lamps in our lower concourse lighting, upper concourse lighting and lower theatre downlighting. Estimates show this will reduce energy consumption in these areas from 111,360 kilowatts to 14,166 kilowatts per annum.

Beanstalk Project 2019

Did you know that we won Creation Carbon Scotland’s competition for Green Arts Initiative members?


Our winning idea was to align our green practices with programmed activities so what better opportunity than an application for ‘seed funding’ to support our pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk!

We used the prize money to buy bean seeds for local schools to encourage participation in a green class
project. Once the seedlings had grown into mini beanstalks, we hosted a green arts workshop and
showcase at Belville Community Garden for the local schools and groups who took part.

Inverclyde's Climate Beacon for COP26

We’re proud to be part of an initiative linking culture, creativity and climate action, helping everyone in Scotland to beter understand how to contribute to becoming a net-zero society.

Working in partnership with Belville Community Garden Trust, RIG Arts and Inverclyde Libraries and others, Beacon Arts Centre is one of seven hubs across Scotland, known as ‘Climate Beacons’ in an initiative funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Change and Culture Division, Creative Scotland and Museum Galleries Scotland.

The aim of the Climate Beacons is to bring together shared resources and knowledge and provide both a physical and vitual space in which members of the public, artists, culture sector professionals, environmental NGOs, scientists and policy makers can discuss and debate COP26 themes and climate actions that are specific to their local area. For the Inverclyde Beacon, of which we are part, the focus will be on the roles of climate change mitigation and adaptation as part of the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic of one of Scotland’s most economically deprived area.

Climate Change Survey - win an M&S gift card!

We are conducting research into audience engagement with climate change as part of the Climate Beacons for COP26 project. 

This survey is also available in Gaelic: Gabh 8 mionaidean gus an t-suirbhidh seo a lìonadh.

For a chance to win a £50 M&S gift card, please take part in the survey and leave your email address in response to the final question.

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