09 November 2013

Announcement made at ECCI as part of Creative Carbon Scotland's 'Imagine a Different Future: The Arts Shaping a Sustainable Scotland' event.

Creative Scotland has announced that it will invite arts, screen and creative industries organisations to report their carbon emissions as part of its contribution to achieving Scotland’s climate change targets.

As one of the major player in the public sector climate change duties, Creative Scotland is currently updating its own environmental sustainability policy. From 1 April 2014 it will measure its own carbon emissions and ask organisations and individuals that it funds to provide information about their own environmental impacts. The latest news was announced 

The announcement was made yesterday at ECCI by Director of Communications & External Relations Kenneth Fowler at a workshop hosted by Creative Carbon Scotland. Imagine a different future: the arts shaping a sustainable Scotland asked key players and 'interesting thinkers and doers' in the creative sector to consider the role of the arts in growing a sustainable Scotland.

This high level workshop, aimed at artistic and cultural leaders, senior managers and policy-makers, included compelling stories from a Scottish festival management company about using a robust environmental sustainability policy to win new contracts, and leading theatre artist Nic Green (pictured) about how sustainability drives her artistic work.

To support this process, Creative Carbon Scotland has launched a new training programme for arts organisations that want to measure, report and reduce their carbon emissions. Free workshops throughout Scotland from January to March will provide them with the tools and knowledge to measure and reduce carbon emissions from energy, water, waste and travel.

Creative Carbon Scotland’s Director Ben Twist said:

"We support Creative Scotland’s decision to introduce carbon measurement and reporting as the evidence is clear that measuring is the essential first step to reducing carbon emissions. Recent reports show that climate change is affecting us all. Scotland has world leading targets to reduce its carbon emissions and we think the arts should be at the heart of this. We have therefore worked with Creative Scotland to make this reporting as easy as possible and useful to organisations in reducing their carbon emissions. We will provide free training to arts organisations beginning to improve their environmental sustainability so that the arts world is helping lead the drive towards a low carbon Scotland.

Creative Carbon Scotland already works with 70 arts organisations, from Edinburgh’s Festivals to theatres and galleries, to help reduce their carbon emissions and save energy and money. Its unique website,, brings together news about projects and events joining the arts and environmental sustainability in Scotland. It also includes the Green Arts Portal, a specially designed site providing hundreds of tips on carbon reduction and useful resources to help take action and free access to the Julie’s Bicycle IG Tools – a cultural sector carbon calculator – and sMeasure, a building energy and water management system."

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