Executive summarySydney Opera House has been the center of attraction among performing art lovers throughout the world. It is also credited for being one of the most photographed sites in the world. Considered as a world heritage site, the House has been in news lately for its sustainability efforts and in particular Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP). This report focuses on this plan, follows its progress through the last few years and looks into updates that have been made into it. IntroductionJorn Utzon's 20th century's marvel, the Sydney Opera House, has not only changed the cultural and creative landscape of Australia, but has also taken in its stride long-term strategic goals of creating a sustainable and vibrant landmark of the country.
The House, in the recent years, has envisioned harnessing on such sustainable means that not only do safeguard the needs of the present generation but also help conserve resources so that the same can be used effectively and easily by the next generation. The idea is to help next generation have access to the same resources and opportunities as the present generation has.
In doing so, Sydney Opera House acknowledges that it is the great economic, moral and social responsibility of this time to look into issues of dwindling natural resources, climate change and environmental degradation. In this direction Sydney Opera House has taken up the task of integrating environmental sustainability into every activity that happens at the House so that its environmental impact is reduced. To bring this motto in motion, Sydney Opera House unveiled its first Environmental Sustainability Plan a few years ago. It outlined the plan of action until June 2013.
The main outlay of the plan was to see Sydney Opera House as a center of performing arts that also dubs as a global leader in sustainability. The plan was built such that it becomes part of New South Wales (NSW) Government's vision to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020. When the plan was unveiled, Sydney Opera House's Chief Executive, Richard Evans remarked that the plan was not just about what the House intends to do, but was about how it would do it and what will be the targets to be achieved (Evans, 2010). The frameworkThe Sydney Opera House Environmental Sustainability Policy has provided a clear framework meant to be used to improve environmental performance of the House.
The policy has been drafted to monitor performance and review it continually, keep people updated about the progress made every year, hold a yearly executive level assessment of the performance achieved, explain accountabilities clearly, keep stakeholders and staff well-communicated and define, disseminate and achieve the objectives pertaining to sustainability once every three years, plus devise a system that looks into event management in a sustainable manner, establish and identify practices that aid in achieving government policy, environmental legislation and industry standards requirements. One of the most important strategic goals of Sydney Opera House is to project Bennelong Point in the most contemporary yet sustainable manner.
In order to achieve this, it plans to influence and engage its stakeholders – which include presenting, corporate and commercial partners – to improve its sustainable performance. The Sydney Opera House staff and policy makers believe that there could be no other landmark in the world as befitting for this type of initiative as this.
The House sees performers and visitors in hordes from around the remotest corners of the world, and thus sets out an impressive platform to communicate and demonstrate issues and practices about developing a sustainable future.