The Arts Basket is a dedicated group energy, sustainability, water procurement and compliance service for Britain’s theatres and arts venues.
Originally set up in 2012, by the Royal Opera House, National Theatre and Royal Albert Hall, the growing consortium of theatres and arts venues uses its collective buying power to access green, renewable energy deals at the lowest possible cost. Furthermore, with the Shakespeare’s Globe joining the basket at the end of 2017, almost twenty of Britain’s most popular arts venues are now benefiting.
On average, The Arts Basket members are able to reduce energy costs by 3.5% and have the opportunity to reduce energy costs further through efficiency and technology services.
While working in partnership with The Arts Basket consortium, Beond has launched a series of energy forums focusing squarely on the energy challenges facing UK arts institutions today.
“Energy challenges in the arts are unique,” explains Beond. “Until recently, meeting the needs of this sector has primarily been about securing the best price utility deals for members. Now, things are changing due to the ever-increasing importance of sustainability. Theatres, both old and new, are keen to reduce their dependency on the grid and improve sustainability metrics by investing in on-site renewables, heat networks, biomass boilers and demand-side management.”
Most of all, detailed consultations with each individual Arts Basket consortium member are making increasingly sophisticated energy combinations affordable for British theatres. “Every theatre is different. Solar roof panels may make good sense for some while wind turbines or other alternatives are well suited to others.”
“The cost of one solution may be prohibitive for a single theatre, but when we pool the individual requirements of a number of theatres the best renewable solutions become realistic options.”
This winter, Beond will be exploring energy requirements across the arts sector in a series of Arts Basket Energy Forums. If you’re interested in attending the next forum just click here.