BALTIC is committed to operating sustainably in the following areas:
- All designs for the building systems have been strongly influenced by environmental considerations, and many more schemes have been introduced to ensure that the building and its operations have a limited environmental impact.
- A stand-alone Energy Centre contains all the primary plant, including a Combined Heat and Power unit, which saves dramatically on energy consumption.
- A computerised management system is used to control levels of heat, lighting, air conditioning and energy.
- Sensor operated taps, waterless urinals and low-flush toilets ensure limited water wastage.
- A stringent opening and closing building procedure is in place, enabling tight schedules that ensure no services are used unnecessarily.
- We are currently looking at ways to improve our carbon consumption, working with Carbon Trust, AECOM and RENEW, who are reporting on our current procedures and researching sustainable and renewable energy. Many of their recommendations have already been fulfilled.
- A programme of replacing all gallery lighting with low-energy, long-life lamps is near completion, and lighting is controlled by a Luxmate and BMS system.
- In accordance with Environment Agency recommendations there are no HVAC points set above 19°C.
RECYCLING / PRINTING
- BALTIC recycles at source newspapers, office waste, cardboard, glass, all plastics, polystyrene, timber and metal, a high percentage of which go to local recycling companies..
- Construction materials are re-used and recycled from exhibition to exhibition wherever possible, and temporary walls are used many times over.
- Many materials used in workshops are donated in kind, and where possible are recycled and re-used. When sourcing materials consideration is given to the environmental and ethical policies of the companies concerned.
- BALTIC Shop stocks a large range of recycled and eco goods.
- All of BALTIC’s printed marketing materials use printers who are ‘ISO 14001’ accredited which means they operate to a very high standard of environmental responsibility. All stocks used in BALTIC print jobs are either recycled, FSC-approved or a combination of both. FSC is the Forest Stewardship Council which is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. When printers are able to apply the FSC logo to their printed jobs this guarantee that the product comes from responsible sources - environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable.
- Out of 30 regular contractors that work on-site, only 2 are national companies, the remainder being locally established.
- Fresh Element, who run BALTIC's catering and event spaces, source local produce where possible, for example Ingram Valley Lamb, Wallington Estate Beef and Doddington Ice Cream; all sourced from nearby rural Northumberland.
- BALTIC hosts the UK's most inland nesting colony of Kittiwakes, and works with the Wildlife Trust to transmit a live feed of the nesting birds onto BALTIC TV.
- Over the past year BALTIC has worked with over 14,000 pupils from schools and colleges, and 22,000 children and families have taken part in the Community Programme.