Nevis and the Environment

Nevis Ensemble is committed to encouraging and promoting environmentally sustainable practice in all of its activities. As the world faces the very real and serious threat of the climate emergency, we believe we have a responsibility to contribute to and work towards a more sustainable future in Scotland and the cultural sector as a whole.

Nevis Ensemble was established in 2017 with the aim of bringing music to everyone, everywhere. Since our first tour in 2018, we have continued to reflect on our environmental impact, finding ways we can further develop our practice as a sustainable organisation. We have worked to reduce our waste and carbon emissions through better waste and recycling practices, efficiently planned tour routes and increased musician engagement. As of May 2020, we have started calculating and reporting on our carbon emissions. Through this, we hope to better understand and monitor our carbon footprint and therefore strategically plan for ways we can reduce emissions in the future.

More details of our environmental mission can be found in our Policy for Sustainability here.

  • In early 2019 we implemented a Policy for Sustainability.
  • In 2019 we identified a member of the orchestra as our ‘Green Officer’, tasked with the responsibility of overseeing sustainable practice on tour and promoting sustainability to musicians.
  • In 2019, we banned the use of disposable coffee cups by musicians on tour.
  • In 2019, we collaborated with local organisations to provide all our musicians with reusable bags, water bottles, and keep-cups.
  • In May 2020, we appointed a Sustainability Manager to further develop and monitor our practice, ensuring sustainability is at the core of our mission, from the practicalities of touring to the development of artistic planning.
  • In July 2020, we collaborated with Scottish Ensemble to form the Scottish Classical Sustainability Group, bringing together Scotland’s classical music organisations to promote sustainability across the sector and share best practice.
  • In June 2021, we had our first ever tour on bicycles, around the city of Glasgow. You can read more about that here.
  • In July 2021, we helped launch the Scottish Classical Music Green Guide, produced by Nevis Ensemble and Scottish Ensemble, with learning and contributions from members of the Scottish Classical Sustainability Group. You can find the guide here.
  • In January 2022, we launched our Green Venues Guide, available to all of our host and partner organisations for when Nevis visits.

Nevis Ensemble is an active member of Creative Carbon Scotland’s Green Arts Initiative. More information about CCS and the Green Arts Initiative can be found here, along with some other useful links.

If you would like more information or would like to speak to us about our environmental mission, then please get in touch with our Sustainability Manager Georgina at