Environmental Responsibility

The RNCM joins organisations in Greater Manchester and around the world in declaring a climate emergency. This announcement is made after the RNCM Board of Governors supported our vision for a low carbon future.

We have agreed to the following key steps:

  • Completely remove all investments in fossil fuels. Achieved 2022.
  • Full heat decarbonisation by 2038
  • Reduce carbon emissions by 13% annually to achieve Greater Manchester’s net zero carbon targets

Professor Linda Merrick, Principal, said: ‘I am delighted that the RNCM and its Board of Governors has taken significant action in the last year to reduce our carbon footprint from heat decarbonisation, by securing significant external funding for major environmental works. Reducing our environmental impact through focusing on sustainable practices remains a key strategic objective which is something our students, staff and customers expect of us.’

Solar panels on the RNCM roof

The RNCM has had a Carbon Management Plan since 2010 and has a Sustainability 2032 Framework. The work we do in this area is truly collaborative, and our Environment Working Group is made up of students and staff who are committed to meeting our environmental obligations.

Having already saved 877 tonnes of (heat/power) carbon by 2020 (from a 2005 baseline of 1755), we pledged to save a further 389 tonnes of carbon by successfully securing competitive funding from Salix as part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. Since then, we have delivered a full building retrofit including a new Building Energy Management System (BEMS), a hybrid air source heat pump solution, significant upgrades to motors, pumps and electrical infrastructure, the introduction of photovoltaics on our roof (pictured above), a full roof replacement, cavity wall insulation, smart metering infrastructure, and one megawatt of battery storage. We continue to identify further projects to achieve our ultimate goal of full heat decarbonisation.

Sustainability within our food and drink provision

At the RNCM, we’d like the quality of our food and drinks to leave a lasting impression on you, not on the environment.

We take steps to ensure that we’re operating in a sustainable, environmentally responsible way in everything that we do at Brodsky, in our Café, Concert Bar and at events.

Food and Drink

  • Our coffee is Rainforest Alliance certified.
  • Our sugar is Fairtrade.
  • Our eggs are free range.
  • Our soup is homemade from fresh ingredients daily.
  • Our sandwiches, paninis and toasties are all made in-house.
  • Our fish and seafood is Marine Conservation Society approved.

Supporting Local Businesses

  • We shop locally where possible to support family businesses.
  • We use a small family-run butchers, established in 1905, whose produce is red tractor approved.
  • We use two local bakers for bread which is freshly delivered daily.

Our People

  • A team of six professional chefs produce food for Brodsky, the Café and all of our events.
  • Our apprenticeship programme has been running for 10 years, training professional chefs for work in the industry.

Reducing Waste

  • Look out for our to-go mugs and water bottles. If you use your to-go mug to buy hot drinks or soup, you’ll save money each time.
  • Our plastic salad packaging is made from recycled plastic and is 100% recyclable.
  • We’re straw-free at the Concert Bar and we’ve moved to a 100% recyclable coffee cup.
  • We signed up to Andy Burnham’s Plastic Free Greater Manchester pledge to remove single use plastic by 2020.