Arts Council England Partnership
In 2012, Arts Council England became the first arts funding body in the world to embed environmental sustainability into the funding agreements of its major programmes. Since the programme launched in 2012, reductions in energy use have totalled £2.54m in cost (saving 13,493 tonnes CO2e.). Increasingly, "green ambition" is emerging from the sector with an overall 93% engagement with environmental sustainability.
Findings from the first annual report illustrates that 56% of organisations are seeing financial benefits, 52% have seen reputational benefits as a result of engagement.
Over the next three years (2015-2018), Julie's Bicycle in partnership with Arts Council England aims to raise the game on sustainability leadership in the arts and culture, stretching ambition while delivering ongoing support for environmental reporting, best practice and policy development.
This programme, open to all organisations in the arts and culture (not just Arts Council England grant holders), calls up upon senior leadership to champion environmental sustainability at a strategic level and will shine a spotlight on organisations leading the way. Through this, we aim to facilitate more peer exchange, embed sustainability, generate new knowledge, establish 'new norms' and celebrate best practice to strengthen the sector.
We will provide support and expertise directly to funded organisations via the Creative Industry Green Tools, an innovative online environmental reporting system designed by and for the Creative Industries and through training and resources. Environmental policies and action plans will underpin a nationwide programme of workshops, webinars, resources and leadership dialogues.
Through the sharing of knowledge, embedding 'best practice', establishing new norms, and bringing sustainability to the core values of the sector, this programme will build a voice for the arts and culture to own this issue and lead with creativity.