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Bristol Beacon appoints Hope Solutions to lead sustainability plans

Bristol Beacon has announced the appointment of locally based Hope Solutions as partners to develop and lead their ambitious sustainability plans, which include a commitment made in 2019 to become the UK’s first carbon neutral concert venue by 2030.

Hope Solutions, who are one of the leading sustainability consultancies for the live event and entertainment industry, will help Bristol Beacon design an inspiring ‘Carbon Neutral Roadmap’.

The work will include significant consultation with the Beacon’s audiences, staff and partners, to inform the priorities and scope of activity and ensure the roadmap reflects their views and ideas.

The plan will also align with some of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in relation to quality inclusive education (goal 4), work on sustainable cities and communities (goal 11) and climate action (goal 13). It also aims to make the venue a vehicle for inspiring others to take action around the climate emergency.

Louise Mitchell, chief executive of Bristol Beacon, says: “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 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 cultural 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 its environmental impact.”

“I am delighted to appoint Hope Solutions to support us in the delivery of our sustainability commitments. They have an impressive track record in driving environmental change in the arts and events space and we’re excited to be working with them.”

Luke Howell, founder and director of Hope Solutions, says: “We have been pioneering improvements in sustainability and helping to reduce environmental impact in the arts and events for over 30 years. In that time, we have achieved some amazing results for our clients, including a 95%+ recycling rate at events, a 90% reduction in energy use, a 40% reduction in fuel use and 100% of waste diverted from landfill.”

“We are thrilled to be appointed to support Bristol Beacon on its journey to become carbon neutral. Having worked in Bristol for many years, to be working with this incredible and iconic venue that is at the heart of Bristol’s art and cultural offering is a fantastic opportunity.”

Bristol Beacon’s foyer, which opened in 2009, was built with sustainability in mind and the current £107m transformation of its performance spaces and cellars that is currently mid-way through has also been designed to be as sustainable as possible. The transformed venue will include:

  • BREAM very good status
  • The use of LED lighting throughout, which will save an estimated 114,240 kW of energy, amounting to 51 tonnes of CO2 each year
  • New photovoltaic panels that will generate 26,000 kWs of energy, saving 11 tonnes of CO2
  • None of the deconstruction material removed as part of the transformation has gone to landfill and many elements of it recycled within the building, such as the reuse of timber floors and panels.

The Beacon team have also been working closely with Sydney Opera House, which became the first arts venue in the world to achieve carbon neutral status in 2018, as well as the Beacon’s transformation building contractors, Willmott Dixon, who were the first in the construction industry to achieve carbon neutrality in 2012.

Hope Solutions have over 30 years of specialist experience working with arts, events, sports and corporate clients to improve sustainability and reduce their environmental impacts. They have worked with the likes of Glastonbury Festival, Taste of London, Frieze Art Fair, Live Nation, Kew Gardens and the R&A.

Read more about Bristol Beacon’s sustainability ambitions here.

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