Our Environmental Policy

We recognise the power of the arts to inspire and imagine a positive future and to help people transition to a low carbon world, and we recognise our responsibility to reduce our negative environmental impact on the world that generation will inherit. We seek to work in partnership within the national dance and South West arts sectors and within our local area of Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) to further our ambitions and impact.

We recognise the urgency of the climate issue and have joined with others to declare a Climate Emergency.

We will work to influence positive environmental change amongst our beneficiaries (artists, participants, audiences, staff and volunteers), suppliers and stakeholders.

Our commitments for 2022 – 2027

Our strategic goals to improve our environmental sustainability 2022-2027 are: • Take key steps to achieve Net Carbon Zero in our building-based operations by 2030 • Inspire, equip, engage and empower our staff to drive change • Upskill, enable and platform the work of artists engaging with environmental issues • Work in partnership to increase our impact and communicate our work • Lay the foundations for Net Carbon Zero across all our activities


We will communicate our work and progress publicly including to our audiences, and publish an annual report that summaries our performance against the targets we have set.

Progress achieved in 2022-23 included: 

-Over 50% reduction in printed marketing materials compared to 2019-20, and paper audience surveys replaced with online version 

-Staff Green Team formed and meeting monthly 

-A commitment to environmental responsibility written into all Job Descriptions  

  -Stakeholder pension scheme’s ethical & sustainable investment option identified and promoted to all staff 

-Annual snapshot to track staff commuting travel introduced  

Organisation signed up to government Cycle to Work scheme and secure bike parking installed   

We began measuring our carbon emissions in 2012 and by 2022/23 figures provided by our landlord showed that our emissions from energy and water use had reduced by 56% from 96 tonnes CO2e to 42 tonnes CO2e over the 10 years.     


We began measuring our business travel in 2015 and our emissions increased by 30% from 7 tonnes CO2e in 2015/16 to 10 tonnes CO23e in 2019/20.  Post-pandemic we have seen a significant drop to 0.4 tonnes CO2e in 2022/23. 

The Climate Emergency – PDSW Statement

Environment Sustainability policy 2022


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