Green Arts & Good Energy
Scottish cultural organisations can reduce their carbon footprint by switching to renewable, fossil-fuel-free power. Creative Carbon Scotland has partnered with Good Energy to help learn more about renewable generation and opportunities for the arts to reduce their carbon footprint.
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 change. Our Green Arts Initiative is a growing collaborative community of over 225 cultural organisations committed to environmental sustainability.
Decarbonising Energy for our Greener Culture
The climate crisis is an urgent issue and cultural organisations need to be aware of how they can make a difference. Our partnership with Good Energy builds on work to reduce energy demand by turning our attention towards the source of the power we use. Changing from fossil fuel sources to renewable electricity produced by wind, sun and water, cultural venues can dramatically reduce their overall greenhouse gas emissions.
We’re working with BAFTA’s albert programme and Good Energy to offer Scottish Green Arts organisations ‘Creative Energy‘: a package of benefits and preferential renewable energy terms. Find out more in this 4-pager.
Why Good Energy?
A full list of what Good Energy can offer to Scottish cultural organisations is available on their website.
How We Are Working Together
In working with Good Energy, we’re designing and delivering 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.
Good Energy, alongside Creative Carbon Scotland, aim to make clean green power more accessible and affordable, so we have teamed up with albert’s Creative Energy Project to offer cultural organisations in Scotland a package of benefits and preferential terms. Find out more.
Creating New Knowledge for a Greener Cultural Sector
Over May 2019 we gathered insights from our Green Arts members on their knowledge and attitudes towards renewable energy. The results inform how we designed our workshops and our future programme of written resources. Some headline statistics from the survey:
- 1 in 6 respondents already sources their power from renewable sources (solar, wind, water)
- 4 in 5 of respondents said their organisation was likely to buy renewable power, with personal motivations and the need to reduce carbon emissions being the most prominent motivating factors.
- The most important factors for people in choosing a supplier were: price, genuinely green credentials, and good customer service
- Some of the key questions were around how tenants could lobby/approach landlords to switch; transparency in sourcing; and the opportunity of fixed term contracts
Workshops for Scotland’s Cultural Organisations
In June 2019 we ran a series of workshops in Glasgow and Edinburgh together, exploring how the Green Arts Community can reduce the emissions of their electricity and gas use, and what part renewable electricity plays within this.
Renewable Energy at the Green Arts Conference
In October 2019 Good Energy will be attending and presenting at our Green Arts Conference, showcasing their work as a sustainable supplier to the cultural sector in Scotland, and working with Green Arts members to secure the best rates and opportunities for our members. Tickets are available on our Green Arts Conference webpage.
Learn more about Renewable Energy
Get in touch, and make the switch to certified renewable energy, get in touch with Good Energy directly, or get in touch with Catriona (email@example.com) and we can put you in touch with Helen, our Good Energy contact. You can also get an quote, online through the Good Energy website.
You can also take a look at this infographic guide, co-produced by Julie’s Bicycle and Good Energy, which explains some of the main things to look for when considering moving to a greener energy supply.
Creative Carbon Scotland’s partnership with Good Energy is match-funded by the Culture & Business Fund Scotland, a programme 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.