RMG takes a whole-building approach to energy management, applying the below hierarchy:

  • Fabric First – improve our building fabric to reduce energy demand.
  • Challenge Standards – review internal and external requirements for environmental conditions.
  • Passive Controls – minimise active cooling or heating; utilise natural light where possible.
  • Efficient Systems – improve the efficiency of existing HVAC and lighting systems.
  • On-Site Renewables – install renewable technologies on-site, where possible.
  • Off-Site Renewables – create partnerships for off-site renewable energy supply.

Our Baseline:

Our energy consumption baseline is 2018/19 – the first full year following completion of the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre and the Endeavour Galleries. Energy consumption and emissions targets are relative to this period.

Short-Term Goals (12-18 months)

  • Develop our energy management processes as part of a sustainability management system.
  • Communicate energy policies, practices and performance internally and externally.
  • Systematically identify and implement energy efficiency measures.

Medium-Term Goals (1-5 years)

  • Exceed the Greening Government Commitment for reducing carbon emissions from energy.
  • Develop an estate-wide decarbonisation strategy.
  • Decarbonise heating at Royal Observatory Greenwich and Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre.
  • Increase on-site renewable electricity generation, where possible.
  • Purchase electricity from REGO-verified renewable sources.

Long-Term Goals (5+ years)

  • Decarbonise heating at National Maritime Museum and Brass Foundry.
  • Be net zero for Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2040

This document supports our Sustainability Policy Statement, is applicable to all controllable activities across all Royal Museum Greenwich sites and will be reviewed annually.