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 principle of sustainable development for the benefit of current and future generations, both locally and globally.

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

This includes (but is not limited to):

  • 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 and our suppliers 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, promoting waste reduction and recycling.
  • Reduce and where practicable prevent  pollution  by  avoiding  the necessary use of hazardous materials and processes and take all possible steps to prevent damage to either public or ecological health where such materials are in essential use.
  • Through tendering and purchasing procedures we promote sustainable development, especially regarding the use of single-use plastics and non­ recyclable/sustainable products, ensuring our suppliers comply with our policies.
  • Promoting the use of less environmentally damaging transport options, recommending guest travel by boat and public transport and reducing the carbon footprint of each event.
  • 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 operate on a dry hire basis and thus demand that our suppliers, which includes caterers, florists, production and travel, are committed to ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly working procedures.

This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Ensuring the best, freshest, seasonal British ingredients and supplies are purchased.
  • Energy saving equipment is used where possible throughout all event preparation.
  • Small scale, British, regional and local enterprises are supported and utilised.
  • Wastage of raw materials and energy is minimised throughout all procedures.
  • Usage of recyclable and renewable materials is promoted and encouraged across all areas.

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.

We are committed to monitoring and being open about  our progress  towards our sustainability goals. Between 2000 and 2010 we succeeded as a museum collection 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.

We can also recommend sustainable gifts for your events, ranging from eco­ friendly water bottles, pads, pens and pencils to seed giveaways.

We are committed to working together with these goals; should you have any suggestions on how we can work in a further sustainable manner, do let  us know.