The KOKO Environmental Policy: To be an environmentally aware Live Music venue. Cancelling out our Carbon Emissions, recycling and promoting our Carbon free ideas.


KOKO recycles every month approximately:

  • 30,960 glass bottles
  • 20,088 aluminium cans
  • 77,166 plastic cups
  • All its paper and cardboard including flyers handed out by bands outside the venue.
  • All old computer equipment, ink cartridges and furniture
  • Donates all lost property clothing to the British Heart Foundation after non collection from the venue every 3 weeks.
  • KOKO roof terrace is laid with recycled rubber tyre tiles; the increasing volume of waste tyres is used to make environmentally friendly tiles.



  • Environmental Excellence In Camden Organisations Awards: Winner 2010, Highly Commended 2009 and 2011
  • SMEasure competition: 1st prize 2011
  • Camden Climate Change Alliance: Mark of Achievement Certificate 2015


KOKO is working in conjunction with ‘The Carbon Trust, ‘Better Climate for Camden’ and The 10:10 Campaign to reduce emissions, save energy and recycle. So far KOKO has:

  • Replaced 982 light bulbs with low energy light bulbs and compact fluorescents.
  • All lighting in venue switched off when not in use.
  • KOKO supplies electricity to tour buses and artists vehicles to prevent local emissions.
  • All KOKO offices, computers and lights are switched off when not in use.
  • Air-conditioning, fridges and freezers are regularly maintained to ensure energy efficiency.
  • Encouraged all staff to cycle or walk to work and has bicycle storage facilities inside the venue for staff.
  • Now sells ’Icelandic Glacial Mineral Water’ who work with the CarbonNeutral Company to offset their Carbon Footprint.
  • Use GDF Suez Energy for its electricity supply, who use 4 times the UK average of renewable energy.


To part offset our carbon emissions we have teamed up with Solar Aid:

  • On Friday nights at Club NME KOKO will donate 2p from each full price ticket sold as a donation to Solar Aid’s work. With an average number of 1,500 tickets sold each week, this will raise £30 a week and will pay for a minimum of 2 solar lanterns a week at £15 a lantern (around 104 Solar Lanterns a year)
  • Kerosene produces 2.6Kgs of CO2 per litre. At an average usage of 3 litres per household per month, a kerosene lamp converted into a solar lantern should give a carbon saving of 100kgs of CO2 per year or around one tonne of C02 over 10 years.
  • Over 10 years KOKO will produce approximately 2,860 Tonnes of CO2. To offset one third of this we aim to supply over 1,040 Solar Lanterns saving 1,040 tonnes of CO2.



  • We aim this year to fit ‘power save’ adapters to all chilled appliances.
  • We are working with Camden Council to promote cycling to gigs and additional bicycle locks ups outside the venue.
  • We aim to reduce our Carbon footprint this year by a further 10% this is in conjunction with 10:10 and SMEasure.