Gloria theatre Cologne: Cost-efficient entertainment

A typical German club consumes as much energy per year as 40 three-person households. Cologne’s GLORIA is tackling this problem: In 2014 the theatre has saved up to 30 per cent on electricity and CO2 emissions compared to 2011 – with efficient refrigerators, an even more efficient use of these and by installing LED lighting in the office and work areas.

Until now, environmental and climate protection has only played a minor role at the more than 5,000 German clubs. The Cologne GLORIA is breaking the mould here. Here, they focus not just on entertainment but also efficient energy use. As one of the first listed participants in the Green Club Index (GCI), the GLORIA has implemented many smaller energy efficiency measures, which have a significant combined effect: Efficient refrigerators, even more efficient use thereof and the changeover to LED lighting in the office and work areas.

Engine for progress:

  • pioneering role on the club/theatre scene in terms of energy efficiency
  • employees are trained in energy-efficient use of equipment
  • the measures are communicated well and reach many people
  • savings of 2,000 tonnes of CO2 per year

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Photo: Danny Frede

The mobile counter at the GLORIA is also lit using energy-saving LED technology.

30 per cent of electricity and CO2 emissions saved

With the pilot project, the GLORIA was able to reduce electricity consumption and CO2 emissions by about 27 per cent. Since then, further measures have been implemented: Motion detectors ensure that the lights are only on when they are needed. Radio systems were switched to being operated by rechargeable batteries. The result: Even though the GLORIA saw an increase in use of between 30 and 40 per cent in 2014 in comparison with 2011, it consumed approximately 30 per cent less electricity.

Leading by good example

The GLORIA is a leader in the entertainment sector and demonstrates how one can manage a business and save money in a climate-friendly way. The GLORIA positively confronts the 100,000 visitors who visit the GLORIA each year with the subject of climate protection. Musicians, who want to organise their tours to be climate-friendly, are showing great interest in performing at the GLORIA. But that’s not all: The club is looking for further opportunities for improvement.

Photo: Fabian Stürtz

“Running a traditional business involves many challenges which we are keen to meet. For many years, I have personally been particularly keen to make the energy-intensive organisation of events more resource-efficient and sustainable by optimising existing systems and integrating new technology. Despite higher workloads, the measures implemented over the past few years have enabled us to reduce our annual electricity consumption by a significant amount.”

Michael Zscharnack, Managing Director

Partners and sponsors

  • Gastro-Event GmbH - Gloria Theater
  • Green Music Initiative
Counselling centers:
  • EnergieAgentur.NRW