Following the recent carbon neutral certification of the Sydney Opera House, the world-renowned establishment is introducing a new waste management programs that aim to turn food into energy. The Opera House was able to reduce the energy consumption by 14 per cent together with the Honeywell Building Management Control System in 2017.
Waste Management Program
The latest waste management program aims to recycle even more materials such as mobile phones, toner cartridges, batteries, and fluorescent tubes. They have also been working on an educational program about waste management for their employees. By the numbers, the establishment has increased its waste recycling from 25 per cent to 60 per cent. Companies such as Grasshopper have been developing the protocol for handling various kinds of waste for more than three decades.
Carbon Neutral Opera House
The Sydney Opera House will be able to reduce carbon emissions and be more carbon neutral five years ahead of its schedule. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, this recent move by the Opera House puts its effort up with other global architectural infrastructures such as Paris’s Eiffel Tower and New York’s Empire State Building. They are both actively involved in an attempt to become more energy-efficient.
The officials working at the Sydney Opera House have been attempting to further develop its energy efficiency for the past ten years. In 2014 alone, the establishment decided to replace the incandescent bulbs in the Concert Hall with customised LED lights. These lights helped it reduce 75 per cent of their original energy consumption. In 2017, it launched an innovative building management control system to help monitor water and energy usage.
The Opera House’s Environmental Sustainability Plan (2017- 2019) for the next year is to decrease energy consumption by 20 per cent, achieve a five-star Green Star Performance Rating, and further improve its operational waste recycling by 85 per cent.