The Barbican is committed to reducing our environmental impact and promoting sustainability in all areas of our work.

As one of the world's leading arts and conference centres, we recognise that our day-to-day operations impact on the environment, local community and economy and we strive to integrate sound environmental and sustainable practices in everything we do.

Major initiatives
  • Working in line with the BS8091 Sustainable Event Management framework
  • Working to achieve the new international Sustainable Event Management accreditation - ISO20121
  • Sending zero waste to landfill
  • Compositing 100% off all food waste
  • Offering clients the option to introduce a food mile menu, sourcing all food from within 250miles of the venue
Our continued efforts to make our building more sustainable has led to the Barbican receiving a DEC energy efficiency rating of 83, and we will continue to introduce measures to further reduce our carbon footprint over the coming years.

Awards & Successes
  • Our pioneering approach to waste recycling earned us the prestigious Chairman’s Cup at the Clean City Awards in 2010 alongside numerous annual Gold and Platinum awards for our sustainability efforts.
  • Winners of a Change London award for Best Project: Material Waste Management in 2012.
  • Shortlisted for a Sustainable City Award for Responsible Waste Management for 2012.
  • We are proud to be the only arts organisation shortlisted for Best Green International Business Award (Medium) at the International Green Awards in 2011.
  • Winners of Green Apple Award for Community Projects in 2010 and Green Hero Award in 2011.
Read our full Environment and Sustainbility policy for more information.

If you have any questions about our sustainability measures, or if you have any suggestions about how we can reduce our environmental impact contact us.

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The Barbican Centre's Clean City Awards
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Recycling bins for public use