Environmental Responsibility Plan

The London Symphony Orchestra believes firmly in the importance of ensuring and promoting environmental responsibility in everything that it does, and it expects all those that work with the LSO in any capacity to support this approach.

The LSO recognises that the climate and environmental crisis is one of the most significant challenges facing society today, and that the cultural sector has a crucial role to play in advocating for and demonstrating environmental responsibility through both its policy and practice.

The LSO aims to be a leader in environmental responsibility within the orchestral sector, pursuing innovation and sector best-practice to minimise its environmental impact wherever possible, whilst maintaining its reputation as one of the world’s leading orchestras. This commitment is both local and global, recognising the LSO’s operations both in the UK and throughout the world as an internationally renowned orchestra with a global footprint. The LSO recognises the challenge of maintaining its global reputation and reach whilst reducing its environmental impact, however it seeks to do so through a comprehensive range of objectives, actions and targets.

The LSO has a detailed Environmental Responsibility Plan, outlining the LSO's key priorities for the coming years. These include:

  • Developing a more environmentally friendly model for international touring, with an overall reduction in the number of tours undertaken each year, reducing international travel as a result. This will be achieved by combining separate tours to minimise travel, using trains and green modes of transport wherever possible, and reducing the number of long-haul international tours undertaken each year.
  • Reducing energy use and wastage at LSO St Luke's, with LED lights installed throughout the building to minimise electricity use and increase efficiency.
  • Reducing the volume of printed materials that are produced each season, and ensuring that all print and LSO Live products are produced to the highest levels of environmental responsibility.
  • Continue to implement environmentally friendly alternatives to existing practices, e.g. digital programmes, e-tickets, paperless office processes etc.

The LSO e-cargo bike, open with Alan Goode putting a stool into the holder Alan Goode sitting on the LSO e-cargo bike

Photo: the London Symphony Orchestra's e-cargo bike, ridden by Operations Manager Alan Goode, generously supported by funding from the Zero Emissions Network. The e-cargo bike means that we can make journeys with heavy goods (e.g. instruments, music scores and orchestral parts, technological equipment and parcels) between our Barbican offices and LSO St Luke’s, as well as other areas around London, without creating any carbon emissions. The bike will lessen our reliance on the use of cars and our truck, reducing our carbon footprint and promoting cycling as a way of travelling around London.