Carbon Management

Helping your organisation reduce its carbon footprint

Creative Carbon Scotland works with Creative Scotland to help all funded organisations to understand how their activities affect their carbon emissions. We provide practical training and support to enable arts organisations to measure and report and, where possible, to reduce their carbon emissions and run themselves more sustainably. We provide a range of training and support opportunities to help artistic organisations of any shape and size to measure, report and reduce their carbon emissions.

How can information on your carbon emissions help you?

The measurement and collection of carbon data can be useful to you as management information. Robust measuring often reveals unnecessary, runaway or preventable carbon emissions, enabling organisations to reduce their impact by identifying the key areas for improvement.

Development of standardised reporting can also help you compare your emissions and resource consumption with similar organisations, helping you to identify examples of good practice and potential savings areas. Many organisations will experience the double win of reducing energy bills and related emissions by identifying energy-saving techniques or better ways to travel.

For the past several years, Creative Carbon Scotland has been working with Creative Scotland to develop an easy and accessible reporting framework.

Creative Scotland has introduced mandatory carbon reporting for all Regularly Funded Organisations which will take place for the first time in Autumn 2016 via their Annual Report to Creative Scotland. This will cover activities funded during the period from April 2015-March 2016. RFOs will use the Environmental section of Creative Scotland’s Annual Statistical Survey reporting form to provide information on emissions.

What emissions do you need to measure?

We recommend measuring emissions relating to the following key areas:

– Energy and water consumption (if you pay for these utilities)

– Waste production (both landfill and recycling)

– Travel (business travel, artist travel, touring)

During the first year of carbon reporting, you will spend most of your time defining the scope of your activities and answering questions such as: Where do the boundaries of a company’s activities lie?  This is an important process to profile your organisation’s carbon emissions, and will serve as the foundation of your reporting year on year.

How can you calculate your emissions?

We offer a range of tools and advice to help you get started with measuring your carbon emissions. Click here to access our full list of resources.

We also offer training workshops and one on one advice for organizations starting to measure their emissions, as well as online resources in our Green Arts Portal, and sharing best practice through the Green Arts Initiative. Click here for more information about the support you can receive.


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About Creative Carbon Scotland

We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

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Edinburgh Festival City Edinburgh Festival City

A project initiated by Edinburgh’s Festivals with key partners the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network

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