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The first step to environmental action is to understand your environmental impacts, and the IG Tools are a unique suite of tools for festivals, venues, offices, tours and production managers to measure greenhouse gas emissions on an annual or per-activity basis.
The IG Tools are a set of carbon calculators designed by Julie’s Bicycle specifically for the creative industries.
Carbon calculators allow us to understand where our environmental impacts lie. Measuring our impacts enables us to create effective management strategies, which in turn leads to reducing the negative impacts we have on the environment.
Most basic carbon calculators are designed for individuals at home or office-based businesses. They measure impacts like office energy use and staff travel.
As we know, the arts don’t often tick the ‘one size fits all’ box. So like you we had to be creative.
We’ve designed the IG Tools to accurately measure impacts from activity like touring, site specific work and temporary power provision. They take into account measurement challenges such as operating from a building you don’t own, understanding audience travel, and home working.
They even have sector specific metrics. For example we measure the impact of festivals per ‘audience day’ and the impact of venues 'per performance per seat'.
Who can use the IG Tools?
The IG Tools have been tailored for use across all creative and cultural sectors. There are five tools available for companies to use as relevant:
- IG Tool for Festivals and outdoor events
- IG Tool for Offices
- IG Tool for Production
- IG Tool for Tours
- IG Tool for Venues
The IG Tools are internationally applicable. Please note that there might be some discrepancy in the final results as it is likely that conversion factors for electricity and transport might vary slightly from one world region to the next.
Arts Council England is now working in partnership with Julie's Bicycle to deliver environmental reporting support via the IG Tools so that all National Portfolio Organisations and Renaissance Major Partner Museums can meet new funding policy as of 1st April 2012, which requires them to measure emissions from energy and water use, and implement environmental policies and actions plans by April 2013.
Carbon calculator for film and TV production
Film and TV production companies can use Albert, a carbon calculator that's been designed especially for the TV industry. It benchmarks the carbon emissions on a particular TV production and over time help production companies to work in a more sustainable way and save money.
Originally created at the BBC, the calculator has now been 'adopted' by BAFTA who have made Albert available to the wider TV industry. Albert will be free to use during 2012. For more details go to www.bafta.org/albert
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