Julie’s Bicycle is very pleased to be partnering again with Arts Council England to deliver their Environmental Programme to the National Portfolio Organisations 2018-22.

Arts Council’s Environmental Programme, which began in 2012, is designed to support and stretch the ambition of their arts and culture portfolio. Latest results, captured in our Sustaining Creativity Report show progressive and positive change.

Here are some relevant deadlines NPOs have to keep in mind relating the environmental reporting requirements:

  • 9th February 2019 – All NPOs must decide with their RMs on the environmental impacts they will report on, so these can be included in the funding agreements.
  • 1st April 2019 – NPOs must sign up to the Creative Green Tools and upload their environmental policies and action plans.
  • 1st April – 31st May 2019/20/21/22 - NPOs to report on impacts and submit their Environmental Policy and Action Plan via the IG Tools.

As per the above, all NPOs involved in the 2018-22 portfolio need to determine by the 20th of February 2019 the environmental impacts they will be reporting on. We have created specific guidance to support you through identifying those areas of impact:

Download Reporting Requirements Guidance

Also, please see here some further guidance on writing an environmental policy and an action plan.

Environmental Policy and Action Plan Guidelines


The Greenprint

The Creative Green Tools allow organisations to report their data and track their carbon footprint. They also provide a Greenprint section which goes beyond the numbers. The Greenprint is a way for organisations to capture their environmental practice, action and engagement and the benefits which this brings. It can also serve as a type of checklist to inform future actions and helps Julie’s  Bicycle to capture qualitative information about the direction in which the sector is moving and the benefits of environmental engagement and action. Completing the Greenprint is not a requirement for Arts Council England funded NPOs. We do however encourage NPOs to use it, as it will help inform the development and next steps of the Arts Council England Environmental Programme.

The Greenprint can be accessed via your account in the Creative Green Tools. You will find the Greenprint in the report you completed for 2018/19 which you can access via the Data Page.

The Creative Green Tools