Published: 21st Feb 2020

A report published by the Arts Council has highlighted what role cultural organisations are playing in tackling climate change. Sustaining Great Art and Culture 2018/19 is the first environmental report to cover the Arts Council’s 2018-22 National Portfolio – which has grown by 20% and includes 184 new organisations that have never reported on their environmental data before. The report highlights several initiatives organisations are undertaking to slash emissions, from Bristol’s Colston Hall pledge to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030 to the London Theatre Consortium developing a roadmap for a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025. According to the report, many organisations are also producing work on environmental themes, raising awareness with audiences and showcasing the unique role of the cultural sector in addressing climate issues. The report also finds that organisations are making sustainable energy choices. 54% have installed energy-efficient lighting and controls and 32% of purchased electricity is on a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)