NCH Sustainability

As the home for music in Ireland, we are committed to playing our part in creating a more sustainable future for our staff, musicians, audience members, supporters, and community. 


I’m incredibly proud of the work the NCH has done to date in making our building and our work more sustainable. Given the urgency of the current climate crisis, we have renewed our commitment to lessening our environmental impact as quickly as possible across all our future work.

Robert Read, NCH Chief Executive


NCH actions to-date

•    Switched energy supply to 100% renewable energy source
•    Water bottle coolers replaced with main-supplied water
•    Cycle-to-work scheme made available to all staff
•    Additional covered bike stands constructed for staff and visitors
•    Converted all main auditorium house lighting to LED, resulting in an 87% decrease in energy consumption
•    Light fittings in foyer and other public areas also converted to LED fittings
•    Installation of LED occupational sensor lighting in infrequently used areas
•    Building management system (BMS) provides electronic control of heating set points and schedules
•    Joined OPW Optimising Power@Work scheme which provides resources and monitoring services
•    Report annually to Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland on our energy consumption
•    Signage displayed at manual light switches reminding users to switch off lights when leaving the room
•    Reduced staff printing through system of swipe card access to printers

Future actions

•    Eliminate single-use plastic in NCH building
•    Reduce printed tickets and other printed collateral where possible, opting instead for digital
•    Add organic brown bins to the building’s waste management
•    Re-wild NCH grounds by converting more space to bee-friendly gardens, flower boxes and bug hotels
•    Encourage visitors to the NCH to cycle and/or use public transport where possible
•    Incorporate sustainability agreements into artists’ and suppliers’ contracts
•    Provide staff training and engagement opportunities to embed strong environmental awareness, performance and practice
•    Develop sustainability policy to oversee our action plan and seek international accreditation to assess our impact
•    Upgrade Orchestral Overhead Platform Lighting to LED