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Expands with second edition, new director and structured path to net zero 2030.

Theatre Green Book UK, the grassroots initiative that sets common standards for sustainable theatre across all areas of theatre practice and operation, has published a second volume and a range of tools aimed at supporting the UK theatre sector to reach net zero by 2030. Also announced today, the Theatre Green Book UK has secured funding to engage a Director and support the spread of the Theatre Green Book across the UK.

Supported by an updated website, the UK Theatre Green Book’s second edition brings all three volumes of the original book together into one. It sets out clearly and graphically how to plan the transition to net zero across all areas – productions, operations and buildings – through the logical steps of Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. An initial step, Preliminary has been added that prompts theatre companies to commit to transition and organise themselves for the journey. Using that ladder, from Preliminary to Advanced, theatres can self-certify each rung of their transition towards net zero. This clear structure enables theatres to commit to net zero by 2030, knowing exactly what needs to be done to achieve that target.

Theatre Green Book Edition Two has been developed with help from across the sector, most notably from a dedicated trialling group: Chichester Festival Theatre, English National Ballet, Headlong, the Lowry, The National Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland, Northern Stage, Opera North, Royal Opera House, the RSC, SAIL, SHIFT, Wales Millennium Centre, and the Young Vic, organisations who are already using Theatre Green Book standards, and will reach at least Basic standard by the end of 2024.

Support from The Foyle Foundation, Frederick Mulder Foundation, Steel Charitable Trust, Unusual Rigging and others, will fund the appointment of a Director for 12 months. Applications are now open for the Director role with a closing deadline of midday on 1 July. Details of the role and training and events can be found on

Lisa Burger and Paddy Dillon, Co-Directors, Renew Culture, said, This is a huge moment for sustainability in our sector. In three years, we’ve proved that change is real and possible. The second edition builds on that. We believe we have momentum for change across UK theatre.

Further Information: Theatre Green Book