On the Move's Charter for cultural operators

Environmental aspects of cultural mobility

1. Commit to environmental issues.

  • Develop an environmental policy to cover energy, water and waste environmental impacts of your mobility.

  • Give a team member responsibility for coordinating environmental initiatives and aspects of your mobility-related activities.

  • Ensure contractual discussions include environmental impacts.

  • If you use an exclusion policy when organising a tour, ensure this is rational and not preventing a touring production from presenting work outside your audience catchment.

  • Make information about in-house production specifications (for our cultural center, your company...) and local suppliers available to incoming productions (ideally online).

2. Understand the environmental impact of your mobility practices.

  • Use free web-based IG (Industry Green) tour tools at the tour planning stages and on completion of the tour, to compare results.

  • Use a tool to monitor regularly the energy use of your venue.

3. Improve the various aspects of your mobility practices.

  • Routing (e.g. optimise the tour itinerary and avoid one-off performance tours).

  • Venues (e.g. include sustainability clauses in your contracts with venues; ask venues what actions they are taking to reduce their environmental impacts).

  • Planning (e.g. use digital communication as an alternative to international travel when planning the tour; if staff and performers require hotel accommodation whilst on tour ask hotels what efforts they are making to reduce environmental impact).

  • Logistics (e.g. use ground transportation for production equipment rather than airfreighting; use logistics companies with fuel-efficient vehicles and drivers with eco-driving training).

  • Production (e.g. ask the venue(s) what equipment they have in-house or can source locally to avoid the need to transport equipment).

  • Overall energy consumption: create an environmental improvement plan with targets and timelines for reducing environmental impacts.

  • Food and drink procurement (e.g. develop a sustainable procurement policy for food and drinks, monitor food waste and reduce over-ordering).

  • Promotion and communication activities (e.g. use electronic-based publicity material as much as possible over printed).

  • Audience travels (e.g. provide public transport information to your audiences on your website, including a travel carbon calculator; offer a combined performance and public transport ticket).

4. Communicate your impacts and improvements.

  • Share the environmental impacts of the tour / the venue and the efforts being taken to reduce those impacts with board, staff, suppliers, and audiences.

  • Prepare a case study of your tour’s / venue's / events' ‘greening’ experience (positive and negative) to share learning with colleagues.

  • Apply for an environmental performance certification that is relevant to your venue.