Cineworld seeks to comply with all relevant environmental
legislation and to operate in an environmentally sensitive
manner. The Directors acknowledge the impact that the
business has on the environment and seek to mitigate it.
Often changes which help to mitigate our environmental
impact also reduce our operating costs.
Being a multi-site business, the Group is conscious of its
total energy consumption and amount of waste materials
generated and is actively working on reducing both energy
usage and quantity of waste materials produced that cannot
be recycled. In 2015 the Company participated with the
Energy Savings and Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) which
surveyed 10 cinemas and the UK head office to assess and
identify energy savings opportunities. London based cinemas
were entered into the Mayor of London Business Energy
Challenge, which looks to acknowledge and share expertise
in reducing the carbon foot-print of London businesses.
Wireless energy management systems have been operated
in a number of cinemas in five of the territories in which we
trade to reduce energy usage since 2014, with considerable
reductions being achieved. Where such a system is not
operational, building management systems are utilised to
reduce total energy by ensuring staff are fully trained in their
use. The Group’s mandatory greenhouse gas report can be
found in the Directors’ Report on page 78.
Our cinema websites enable e-tickets to be purchased
and used avoiding the need to print tickets and, in many
instances, poster cases are now digital reducing the need to
deliver, install, and ultimately throw away large paper posters.
All these efforts help to reduce our use of resources and
The move away from 35mm celluloid prints and the use of
digital projection technology has further reduced Cineworld’s
environmental impact, reducing the use of raw materials for
the production of bulky prints using chemical processes,
which ultimately are shredded as they are unable to be
recycled at the end of their relatively short life.
3D technology has its own environmental challenges with the
use of special disposable 3D glasses. Throughout the Group,
customers are encouraged to reuse their 3D glasses by pricing
structures. This approach has had significant results.