This policy sets out our commitment to environmental sustainability and the steps we’re taking to minimise the environmental impact of the Museums.

At Royal Museums Greenwich we recognise that environmental protection is one of the most important issues facing the world today. We’re committed to working in environmentally sustainable ways, applying the principles of sustainable development for the benefit of current and future generations, both locally and globally.

This includes:

  • implementing the requirements of all relevant sustainability legislation and regulations, exceeding the minimum requirements where possible
  • taking a leading role in defining best sustainability practice and setting demanding standards for ourselves where none exist to reduce the environmental impact of our activities
  • increasing energy efficiency and reducing our energy consumption
  • reducing our consumption of fossil fuels
  • minimising our emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other harmful greenhouse gases
  • investing in clean, energy-efficient sustainable technologies
  • reducing our consumption of raw and processed materials
  • reducing the amount of waste we produce
  • providing sustainability training for staff and encouraging them to apply sound sustainability practices at home and within the wider community as well as at work.

We also work to raise awareness of environmental issues and the need to move towards a more sustainable future among visitors and other stakeholders. To this end we encourage sustainability research and education, through conferences, publications and collaborative work as well as displays at the Museums such as in our Environment Gallery.

Publishing our environmental performance

We’re committed to monitoring and being open about our progress towards our sustainability goals.

Between 2000 and 2010 we succeeded in reducing our gas consumption by 9% and our electricity consumption by 16%. In 2001 we also began extracting our own water from a borehole on-site.

See annual reports and accounts for detailed sustainability reports

See our Energy policy statement

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