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Sustainability

Since opening, the Opera House has championed creativity, diversity, cultural rights and environmental sustainability on and off our stages. Almost 50 years on, we remain as committed to these values as ever.

Here are some of the ways we are reducing the environmental impact of Vivid LIVE.

Carbon neutral event

For the first time in 2021, Vivid LIVE will be a Climate Active certified carbon neutral event. For just $1 extra, you can choose a ‘carbon offset’ ticket to help us offset 100% of the festival’s emissions by investing in climate action initiatives and NSW biodiversity projects.

Waste warriors

More than 70% of waste generated during Vivid LIVE 2019 was reused or recycled. This year, the Opera House and our collaborators at Quayclean are working hard to beat that record.

Food donations

Surplus edible food from our restaurants will be donated to OzHarvest, while non-edible food waste will be sent to Earth Power where it will become a green energy source.

Reducing single-use plastics

Reusable drinkware will replace plastic cups at all events and single-use plastic food packaging and cutlery will be replaced with compostable or bamboo options where possible. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and can refill at hydration stations across the site.

Renewable energy

The Opera House matches 85% of its energy use with NSW wind and solar power.

How you can help

  • Choose a ‘carbon offset’ ticket to help make Vivid LIVE certified carbon neutral
  • Travel to Vivid LIVE by public transport
  • Bring a water bottle and/or keep cup