Sustainability is in our DNA. For thousands of years, the Gadigal people would come to Bennelong Point to meet, share stories and music. Their land management ensured the preservation of their food sources. The Opera House’s architect, Jørn Utzon, incorporated sustainable design elements such as a seawater-cooling system into the building which opened in 1973. The new Environmental Sustainability Plan 2017 – 2019 builds on that legacy.
The Environmental Sustainability Plan 2017-19 (ESP) sets our objectives and targets for 2019 and 2023. These objectives builds on the solid foundations established since the first ESP was launched in 2010.
The green-certified Sydney Opera House today announced ambitious new sustainability targets that extend the savings, efficiencies and environmental legacy of a building that has become the symbol of modern Australia. More
18 May, 2016
Vivid LIVE goes Co2-neutral for second year running
The Sydney Opera House today announced that the annual contemporary music takeover, Vivid LIVE, will be carbon neutral for the second year running. More
25 Aug, 2015
Opera House awarded for sustainability leadership
The Sydney Opera House was today awarded a 4 Star Green Star - Performance rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), putting the national icon among a select few World Heritage buildings that have achieved green certification globally. More
1 May, 2015
Opera House goes green for carbon-neutral Vivid LIVE
The Sydney Opera House announced today that it will be carbon neutral for the 10 nights of Vivid LIVE, as part of Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of its kind in the world - an achievement made possible through a number of green initiatives that will reduce the environmental impact of the annual contemporary music takeover. More
3 Nov, 2014
Opera House Concert Hall lights the way to sustainability
A major upgrade of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall lighting system has dramatically reduced energy use and improved the venue experience for both performers and audiences. More
In designing the Sydney Opera House, Jorn Utzon was inspired by nature. The Utzon Design Principles cite inspiration from the harbour setting and natures organic forms, colours and light. The building also include many features that are now recognised as sustainable design. This video, features Opera singer Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Opera House staff, students of the Multidiscliplinary Australian Danish Exchange (MADE) program and Green Building Specialists discussing Utzon's Sustainable legacy.
Staff from Sydney Opera House's Building & Development team present projects which have been implemented to reduce our energy consumption. Projects covered include the air conditioning system utilising sea water, changing building management and control systems, and heritage sensitive energy efficient lighting for theatres and stage lighting.
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