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GHG emissions on company level: Dutch National Opera & Ballet

The challenge

As one of the largest cultural institutions in the Netherlands, the Dutch National Opera & Ballet (NO&B) wants to enrich the lives of as many people as possible with the wonder, beauty and meaning of opera and ballet. More than 600 employees of National Opera & Ballet work on creating top-level performances at an international level, in the fields of opera, ballet and related musical and dramatic arts.

Sustainability was already an important topic to NO&B, and they wanted to take a next step in this mission.

The approach

Hedgehog Company helped NO&B with getting insight into their sustainable performance. According to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG) a company footprint was performed. This footprint considered NO&B’s direct and a selection of their indirect emissions.  

The result

The carbon footprint includes the direct and indirect emissions of both the Theater and the Decoratelier, excluding NO&B’s productions. These have been included in the calculation by a third party. The footprint was calculated for the year 2019. The year 2019 is the most recent, conventional year in which NO&B has operated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The aim of this study was to provide reliable and transparent quantitative environmental data to determine the carbon footprint of NO&B. This study provides NO&B insight into their carbon emissions and where the hotspots are. This allows for a focused reduction strategy and monitoring their carbon emissions yearly.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet wants to reduce its environmental impact. We have been monitoring scope 1 and 2 emissions for years. With the support of Hedgehog Company, we now also have insight into a large part of the scope 3 emissions. Thanks to a detailed report from Hedgehog Company, NO&B can develop its environmental policy. Thanks for the nice cooperation!
Julie Fuchs
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