From April 2018 onwards Creative Scotland will require all Regularly Funded Organisations, as part of their funding agreements, to develop plans to reduce the carbon emissions related to at least one aspect of their activities. Organisations supported through Open Project Funding and Targeted Funding are also encouraged to do the same. These plans can be modest or ambitious but above all should be realistic, achievable and measurable.
There are already lots of examples of organisations taking action to manage their carbon emissions; whether it’s the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo saving 25,000 litres of water through installing waterless urinals, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe swap shop or Film City Glasgow offering cheaper coffee for customers using reusable cups, the Dundee Rep saving energy through installing LED lighting, or Eco-Drama touring in their van running on 100% recycled vegetable oil.
“The commitment to environmental sustainability demonstrated by the cultural sector in Scotland has already been extensive, impactful and hugely positive,” says Kenneth Fowler, Director of Communications at Creative Scotland. “Following on from carbon reporting, environmental planning is the natural next step.
“Through demonstrating best practice and inspiring audiences, we can make a huge difference in encouraging sustainable behaviour. We are very pleased to support Creative Carbon Scotland in helping creative organisations make this important contribution to Scotland’s sustainability.”
How to plan
We will work with organisations to offer a full programme of support for this new area of work. Support for creating and implementing Carbon Management Planning will consist of:
- A Carbon Management Tool – A new recording and planning tool which will allow you to integrate your existing recording and new planning work to help you identify and assess reduction projects
- Carbon Management Training – Training in workshops and webinars in early 2018 for individuals responsible for programming and Green Champions
- Carbon Management Support – One to one support available by phone, email and face to face meetings on request. We will also be offering webinars on carbon management in November 2017 to early adopters to pilot and improve our support.
Carbon Management will also be a key topic at the Green Arts Conference in Glasgow on 1st November, with presentations of the tool and specific sessions to develop understanding of how to start planning.
Our support will be focused on Regularly Funded Organisations as they will be required to develop Carbon Management Plans by September 2018, but will be open to all. Organisations applying for Open Project Funding and Targeted Funding are encouraged to include Carbon Management Plans on a voluntary basis within their applications from April 2018.
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About Creative Carbon Scotland:
Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.
In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.