Why be energy efficient?

The entertainment industry has traditionally struggled to make energy efficiency a priority in the face of limited resources and competing demands. The tailored, easy-to-understand information outlined below can help businesses to better identify, manage and reduce their energy costs – allowing them to focus on core activities.

Case studies

The Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA) has developed case studies to demonstrate how the entertainment industry is improving its energy efficiency, including:

  • Falls Festival – Outdoor Event
  • The Confidence Man – Tour Production Company
  • Queensland Theatre Company
  • Water Wars: A Play About Sustainability, Produced Sustainably
  • Opera Queensland – The Mikado Regional Tour
  • Brisbane Entertainment Centre

See the case studies on the AEIA website.

Key resources

AEIA has also developed energy efficiency tools and guidance material to help the entertainment industry identify ways to reduce operational energy costs.

  • Ten Fast Facts – Shows how the entertainment industry is reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. For example, King Kong the Musical used a 100% LED lighting rig during their Melbourne season. Performing approximately 200 shows, they reduced electricity consumption by 533 kW/show which equates to an estimated saving of nearly $30 000 in energy costs.
  • Outdoor Events Resources – Includes a checklist for energy efficiency, fact sheets on temporary power and mains power, issues and challenges, and a webinar.
  • Production and Touring Resources – Includes factsheets on energy efficient stage lighting, LED screens for performance stages and energy efficient sound. Also includes an energy efficient lighting design checklist, a stage lighting design guide, and a management guide on integrating energy efficiency into production contracts.
  • Venue Resources – Includes design guides on energy efficient stage lighting and retrofitting heating, as well as management guides on topics such as writing energy policy. The resource also features an energy efficient venues checklist, area venue lighting factsheet and a building management system information kit.
  • Wireless Spectrum Update – Provides advice on how to dispose of old wireless equipment.
  • Management Guides – Cover topics such as how to purchase energy efficient equipment and how to build a business case.
  • Greenhouse gas calculator for venues – A tool to help you perform an energy use ‘health check’ of your venue based on your energy data relative to other comparable venues.
  • Industry Green Tools and a User Guide – Provides advice on how to measure greenhouse gas emissions on an annual or per-activity basis. The tools are available for offices, venues, tours, festivals, productions and outdoor/temporary events.
  • Information on obtaining funding – Lists some funding and finance solutions you might want to consider before you implement your sustainable improvements.

See the Live Performance Australia’s website for more information on energy management in the entertainment industry.