Join the SHIFT Culture eco-certificate

We invite other European cultural networks and platforms to join the SHIFT Culture eco-certificate pilot project, supported by Creative Carbon Scotland with auditing partner Green Leisure Group.

Participants receive
  • Participation in and support from a community of European cultural networks acting to minimise their environmental impact.
  • An annual workshop with other participants including training, surgery with the auditing organisation, opportunities to share progress among participants and a way to contribute to the ongoing development of the community.
  • Access to tailored tools explicitly developed for this certification scheme and customised to the needs of European cultural networks.
  • Tailored individual support from supporting expert arts and sustainability organisation Creative Carbon Scotland.
  • A ‘buddy’ participant from within the group for peer-to-peer exchange and learning.
  • An external audit from auditing organisation Green Leisure Group.
  • On successful completion of the audit: a certificate demonstrating to partners, members, funders your organisation’s efforts to address climate change.
The work required

In order to get the most out of the SHIFT Culture eco-certificate and community, time and effort is required to participate. Participants to date are enthusiastic about the impacts they’ve experienced from taking part. Before applying, we encourage you to review the publicly shared SHIFT eco-guidelines on which the certificate is based and consider the capacity required to implement all the mandatory norms within your organisation. Along with the time required to implement the guidelines, you will need to build a relationship with your buddy organisation, prepare for and attend the workshop, carry out a self review and a peer review for your buddy and have an external audit. We estimate this to take approximately one to two days per month. We ask for a minimum of two years’ commitment to the scheme.


In order to cover the costs of running the eco-certificate we ask for a contribution of 2500 Euros (including VAT) per year (subject if necessary to an inflationary increase for 2025) and a minimum commitment of two years. However, in order to reflect different types and sizes of networks, as well as geographical and economic contexts, we propose a minimum contribution of 2000 Euros, with larger and more established networks which can afford it contributing the higher rate.

Application process

Please complete the application form by Friday 19 January 2024. Within the application form we ask about the nature of your organisation and your motivation for joining, as well as asking you to confirm your organisation’s capacity to implement  the mandatory norms included within the SHIFT Culture eco-guidelines during the first year, and some optional norms in the second year.

In this round of recruitment, we are seeking 9 participant organisations to join the existing SHIFT Culture eco-certificate community of 16 participating organisations. If we are oversubscribed with eligible applications, a working group consisting of representatives from Creative Carbon Scotland, Green Leisure Group and current eco-certificate participant organisations will select those we feel the scheme is best fitted to support in achieving their climate ambition. We will recruit further for increased participation beginning in 2025.

Applicants will be notified of their selection at the start of February 2024 with a public announcement in the middle of the month.

Link to application form


If you have any questions relating to the scheme and the process used, please contact Caro is also able to connect you with a range of organisations who are already participating in the eco-certificate who are happy to share their experience directly.

(Top image ID: SHIFT culture logo on a peach-coloured background.)

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