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Sydney Opera House goes green for Vivid LIVE

first_imgThe Sydney Opera House has made the decision to be carbon neutral during this year’s Vivid LIVE event, part of the Vivid Sydney festival, which kicks off tonight.The iconic landmark will achieve this through a number of green initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of the event including electricitty from renewable sources, using fuel-efficient transport and donating excess food to charity.New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said Vivid LIVE will demonstrate that it is possible to create a lively celebration without a large carbon footprint.“Today’s announcement is testament to the environmental awareness and action of everyone involved in creating this incredible event at the Opera House,” Mr Grant said.The Opera House will use 100 per cent Green Power from accredited renewable sources to power the event, including the iconic Lighting of the Sails.Artists will be transferred to the venue in fuel-efficient transport and surplus food will be donated to charity OzHarvest.Reusable water bottles will be supplied to the artists and crew to save an estimated 6,000 plastic water bottles and the event will also utilise electronic marketing where possible.Sydney Opera House manager, environmental sustainability, Naomi Martin said powering Vivid LIVE by renewable energy is an initiative they will continue into the future.“This is our greenest year yet and the first time our team has successfully made Vivid LIVE fully carbon neutral – but it’s just the beginning,” Ms Martin said.“This is a commitment we will build on as we continue to set a new standard in sustainability.”The Opera House will track and offset all remaining carbon emissions including artists’ flights, catering and accommodation.This will be achieved through investment in accredited projects and transparent reporting.Carbon calculations and offsetting will be externally verified and reported on the Vivid LIVE website in accordance with National Carbon Offset Standard requirements.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more