As an international music and performing arts venue and congress location, the Concertgebouw strives to be a green organisation that also encourages its audiences, clients and partners to be ecologically aware.
Since its construction in 2002, the Concertgebouw has paid great attention to sustainability and ecology. One great trump card in this quest is its modern architecture, which complies with the most stringent current standards:
The reduction of the ecological footprint of this flourishing arts centre is nevertheless an ongoing ambition. This stimulates creative and innovative management and challenges us to remain socially responsible and to encourage our various partners to do the same.
Many small changes can make a big difference. At the Concertgebouw ecological awareness is reflected at every level and in diverse aspects. When purchasing, for instance, we only buy environmentally friendly products.
In the workplace an eco-team teaches employees to be actively aware, launches new ideas and calls upon everyone to ‘think green’. A list of some initiatives:
Audiences are also encouraged to reduce their ecological footprint. Programmes and magazines, for instance, are available in digital format, and at the ticket check e-tickets can be scanned from a smartphone or a tablet. Besides making every effort to provide clients with a maximum of enriched digital content on the website, we also encourage them to keep abreast of Concertgebouw activities via social media and newsletters rather than through print. This, combined with great efforts to eliminate duplications in the address databases, has allowed us in recent years not only to limit the print run of magazines and brochures, but also to keep or clients better informed.
The Concertgebouw is a green concert venue and conference location. We call upon the public and the staff, whenever possible, to car pool, use public transport or to visit us on their own bikes or on Blue Bikes.
To contribute to a low carbon society and to propagate this aim further, Concertgebouw Brugge supports Green Track, a transition network of partners who want to make the Bruges arts sector more sustainable and more environmentally friendly.