How to do your (world-leading) Carbon Management Planning!

27th July 2018

Creative Carbon Scotland has announced the process for submitting Carbon Management Plans, a requirement for Creative Scotland's 2018-21 cohort of Regularly Funded Organisations.

All organisations receiving Regular Funding from Creative Scotland are required to submit a Carbon Management Plan by 5th October 2018. Creative Scotland has asked Creative Carbon Scotland to develop and lead this world-leading process in its first year.

We are making the process as simple as possible and the submission will use Survey Monkey. We are currently finalising the survey and will circulate the link to Regularly Funded Organisations in the week beginning 13th August.There’s lots of information on how to create and submit your plans on our Carbon Management Planning page including a handy FAQs document for you to download. In this blog we explain how to go about preparing your plans and why it requires the whole organisation to be involved.

“By serving tea and coffee in china cups instead of disposable cups at events and for venue hires, we saved 1 tonne of CO2 in the past year.”

Glasgow Women’s Library

The Carbon Management Planning process requires wider attention than the Green Champion’s as the projects may involve different ways of doing things like travelling more sustainably or up-front expenditure to save carbon and costs later. From the small to the large, from the simple to the ambitious there’s many examples of organisations taking action to manage their carbon emissions; whether it’s the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo saving 25,000 litres of water through installing waterless urinals,  the Edinburgh Festival Fringe swap shop or Film City Glasgow offering cheaper coffee for customers using reusable cups, the Dundee Rep saving energy through installing LED lighting, or Eco-Drama touring in their van running on 100% recycled vegetable oil.

Commenting on the announcement of the Carbon Management Planning requirement Kenneth Fowler, Director of Communications at Creative Scotland, said:

“The commitment to environmental sustainability demonstrated by the cultural sector in Scotland has already been extensive, impactful and hugely positive. Following on from carbon reporting, carbon management planning is the natural next step.

“Through demonstrating best practice and inspiring audiences, we can make a huge difference in encouraging sustainable behaviour. We are very pleased to support Creative Carbon Scotland in helping creative organisations make this important contribution to Scotland’s sustainability.

The new Climate Change Bill going through the Scottish Parliament this year sets more stringent carbon emissions reduction targets including decarbonising heating in both domestic and commercial/industrial buildings and increasing low-carbon transport. Both of these areas are very relevant to cultural organisations and the new requirement for Carbon Management Plans (a world first for a cultural sector, we think) will help cement Scotland’s leadership in this field.

Earlier this year, we provided training on Carbon Management to Green Champions, organisational leaders and others and we will follow this up, after receipt of Carbon Management Plans, by providing further feedback and support.

We have written to all the RFO Green Champions for whom we have contact details, outlining the process and providing access to useful tools: If you’re an RFO Green Champion and haven’t received the email, please get in touch.

Tools for internal use only:

The Carbon Management planning tool is a spreadsheet  to help you form your plans and calculate potential savings; If you want to collate your savings data you can use our summary tool.

Submitting your plan

We will ask you to submit your plan by completing the survey by the deadline of Friday 5 October.  This will allow for collation and analysis in time for our Green Arts Conference on 7 November which we encourage leaders involved in Carbon Management Planning to attend with their organisation’s Green Champion. We plan to provide individual feedback and support and will share learning from this first year of submission.

This is a new process for all of us so please contact us if you or your Green Champion needs more help. In the first instance, contact our Carbon Reduction Project Manager Fiona on or call us on 0131 529 7909.

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