Good Energy partnership to help Scottish cultural sector ‘go green’

30th April 2019

A new collaboration between Creative Carbon Scotland and Good Energy will support Scotland’s cultural sector to go green.

Match-funded by the Culture & Business Fund Scotland (CBFS) programme, Creative Carbon Scotland is pleased to announce a new partnership with 100% renewable electricity supplier Good Energy to develop knowledge, resources and green energy opportunities for the Scottish Green Arts community.

Shape the resources, workshops and green energy opportunities

Transforming Scotland’s Cultural Sector

Creative Carbon Scotland has been working with the Scottish cultural sector since 2011 to reduce the environmental impact of the arts and to explore innovative approaches to enable Scotland’s cultural sector to bring about the transformational change needed to address climate changeIts Green Arts Initiative is a growing collaborative community of over 225 cultural organisations committed to environmental sustainability.  

The climate crisis is an urgent issue and cultural organisations are aware of how they can make a difference.  Through changing their energy consumption, cultural venues can dramatically reduce their overall greenhouse gas emissions. 

Creating New Knowledge for a Greener Cultural Sector

The new partnership with Good Energy follows recent groundbreaking work by Creative Carbon Scotland to help arts and cultural organisations reduce their energy demand through improved energy efficiency and buildings management and positive behaviour change. Matched pound-for-pound by the Culture & Business Fund Scotland, Good Energy’s partnership will enable the design and creation of skills workshops and new online resources for the sector to empower and support Green Champions working across theatre, dance, music, literature, visual arts, screen, and the creative industries, helping to upskill the Scottish cultural sector to tackle the climate crisis 

The Culture & Business Fund Scotland programme is funded by the Scottish Government via Creative Scotland. Managed by independent charity Arts & Business Scotland, it seeks to encourage closer collaboration between business and the cultural sector by match funding business sponsorship of cultural projects throughout Scotland.   

Commenting on the partnership, Helen Franks, Partnerships & Business Development Manager at Good Energy said: This exciting new partnership with Creative Carbon Scotland will build on our successful track record in the arts sector. We look forward to working with Scotland’s thriving cultural community as it makes the transition to sustainable, clean energy.” 

Ben Twist, Director and Founder, Creative Carbon Scotland, said: “Ethically-sourced renewable energy is one of the best ways through which our sector and wider society can shape a cleaner, greener future. With match-funding from the Culture & Business Fund Scotland, our partnership with Good Energy aims to build up knowledge and awareness to help those working in the cultural sector to make more sustainable energy choices.”

Carl Watt, Head of Programmes at Arts & Business Scotland, said: “Via match-funding from the Culture & Business Fund Scotland, we’re delighted to be supporting Creative Carbon Scotland’s partnership with Good Energy. Like all sectors of the economy, the cultural sector needs to be doing what it can to help reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint. With that in mind, this partnership aims to share the knowledge cultural organisations throughout Scotland need to make more informed decisions about their energy use and supply.”

Upcoming Workshops and Green Energy Questionnaire and Prize Draw for Scottish Cultural Organisations

To celebrate and shape this new partnership for a greener cultural sector, we are hosting a questionnaire for all Scottish cultural organisations on their choices around energy, with the opportunity to win a £100 voucher for John Lewis & Partners (online and instore)!

We’ll be using the insights gained from this questionnaire to inform the content of two free workshops we’ll be hosting in mid-June:


#GreenArts Day: Wednesday 14th March 1The Green Arts Initiative is a networked community of practice, made up of over 225 cultural organisations in Scotland committed to reducing their environmental impact. Free to join, the community is working on everything from reducing their carbon emissions, to engaging staff, to producing artistic work that tackles climate change head-on. Find out more (and join!) on our Green Arts Initiative project page.


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