Carbon Neutral

Vivid LIVE goes Co2-neutral for second year running

For the second consecutive year, Vivid LIVE will be carbon neutral, as part of our ongoing commitment to reducing environmental impact, from day-to-day building operations to the world-class art performed on Sydney’s most famous stages.


A number of green initiatives will be put into practice at this year’s Vivid LIVE:

  • Reducing food waste to landfill: Following a successful Vivid LIVE 2015 pilot project providing surplus edible food to the food-rescue charity OzHarvest, the Opera House has installed a dedicated new fridge where donations can be stored during the 2016 event. Alongside these food donations, all non-edible food waste from Opera House restaurants is now sent to Earth Power – a facility that produces electricity and fertilizer from the food waste.
  • Switching on renewable power: All electricity used for Vivid LIVE 2016 events, including the centrepiece ‘Songlines’ Lighting the Sails, will be powered by 100% Green Power from accredited renewable sources.
  • Thinking outside the bottle: 200 artists and crew will receive reusable water bottles rather than bottled water – saving an estimated 6,000 plastic water bottles across the event.
  • Celebrating local foods: Local produce will take centre stage at bars and restaurants across the precinct – from Opera Bar’s special oyster shots inspired by the Indigenous history of the site to local craft Aussie beers at the Deep Purple Pool Hall.


We will track and offset all carbon emissions during Vivid LIVE including flights for performers, artist transport, catering, hotel accommodation, waste and paper. For the first time, staff and audience travel will be estimated as part of the footprint. The carbon footprint will be independently audited and reported on the Opera House website and the Opera House will purchase carbon offsets compliant with the National Carbon Offset Standard.


On Earthday 2016, a team of staff planted 1,000 trees as a contribution to the offset of the 490 tonnes of carbon emissions generated by VividLIVE 2015 in collaboration with Greenfleet. These trees will absorb carbon and will become a biodiverse native forest in south west Sydney.


  • Leave the car at home: Take public transport to avoid the traffic and reduce your carbon footprint. See Getting here (link to SOH transport page) for more information


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Vivid LIVE 2015 Report