Assembly Rooms leads way for Edinburgh’s carbon reduction plans

The Assembly Rooms, a beautiful Georgian building in Edinburgh, has replaced all 888 lights in its iconic glittering chandeliers with LED bulbs in a bid to cut carbon emissions.

Lighting throughout the impressive multi-purpose events venue has been switched to save 90% of the previous energy consumption as part of an energy efficiency project which has also seen upgrades made to the heating and water systems. This has saved an estimated 75,000 kWh in electricity, and 50,000 kWh in gas each year, equivalent to over 5,000 days of energy usage.

The project led by the City of Edinburgh Council and supported by the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficient Scotland Programme aims to identify and implement energy saving measures, enabling cultural venues buildings to operate more efficiently and sustainably.

Ongoing work to improve the energy consumption of the Usher Hall and Church Hill Theatre is also taking place to support the reduction in Edinburgh’s carbon emissions.

Shona Clelland, cultural venues development manager for Assembly Rooms said: “It’s important for us to maintain the Assembly Rooms’ period features and Georgian charm while ensuring that keeping history alive doesn’t have a negative impact on our future.”

Assembly RoomsCity of Edinburgh CouncilEnergy Efficient Scotland ProgrammeUsher HallChurch Hill TheatreShona Clelland