Recent Developments

Helping your organisation reduce its carbon footprint

Events in 2017


Energy and Carbon Audit programme

We have just received the results of surveys carried out last year using this scheme. This is provided free to selected small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Glasgow and Edinburgh areas by a partnership between the Carbon Trust, University of Strathclyde and University of Edinburgh. Creative Carbon Scotland arranged for surveys to be carried out on a number of theatres in Edinburgh which resulted in a report which provided a thorough analysis of energy use in the theatres along with detailed recommendations on how to achieve Carbon and cost savings.  The programme is now open for next year and is inviting applications from others in the creative sector. It will help you to understand and reduce energy and other costs in your business, providing a clear assessment of your organisation’s carbon footprint and a practical action plan to make savings and take positive steps towards environmental sustainability. More information is available in this description Information on free carbon audit, Edinburgh & Strathclyde 2016-17.

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Workshop notes – How to form your Green Team

Taking control of your carbon needs a team approach. Now is the time to form a Green Team. This workshop provided ideas on how to:

  • Build cooperation from the whole of your organisation
  • Include senior management of the organisation
  • Arrange dates and agendas for your green team meeings
  • Create a tailored environmental policy for your organisation
  • Report back on your work to your board and build support for your work

Download notes from the Green Team workshop


Moving forward with Carbon Reduction

Recent Developments 1We know we’ve been making good progress with more arts organisations than ever becoming fully engaged with measuring their carbon footprint but we also know from our email box and our conversations that many Green Champions are keen to to move up a gear.Over the past few months we’ve been taking the chance to do some planning on how we can help the arts in Scotland to take a full part in reducing climate change over the next 5 years.We launched our conversations on Carbon Management Planning starting with a presentation to the Federation of Scottish Theatre. You can see more in our presentation on Carbon management planning

January to March

Carbon reporting progress

Over the first few months of 2017, we’ve been busy with a number of projects one of which is analysing the environmental data submitted to Creative Scotland last September by almost 120 arts organisations. There’s still quite a bit of work to do but we think there are reasons to be cheerful with lots more organisations submitting more and better data year on year. See the full report on our news page

Events in 2016


Annual 2015-16 reporting to Creative Scotland for Regularly Funded Organisations

Creative Scotland released the Annual Statistical Survey form to be used for 2015-16 annual reporting from funded organisations which, for the first time included a section for reporting environmental data which had to be be completed by all organisations which are Regularly Funded (RFOs). All reports were  submitted by 23rd September 2016.


Voluntary Carbon Reporting 2014-15

During our conversations with arts organisations about how we can reduce our environmental impacts we have often been asked what are the best ways to reduce our carbon footprints and how do we know whether we are doing well? In this report, we’ve tried to answer some of those questions by analysing the environmental data provided last year as part of annual reports to Creative Scotland.

Download a copy of Voluntary Carbon Reporting 2014-15


How you reported on your Green actions and your Carbon emissions for 2014-15 – see our GAI Infographic

This handy infographic sums up information we gathered from over a hundred organisations who now receive regular funding from Creative Scotland (RFOs) to show maximum and typical CO2 impacts. See how many organisations are engaging in environmental actions and where you fit in to the sector.

Carbon Literacy training for screen

With the help of the BAFTA Albert staff we delivered Carbon Literacy training for screen professionals.

We are keen to promote the excellent work done by the BAFTA ALBERT consortium.You can find information on the work ALBERT have been doing as well as case studies and tips on sustainability for screen.

Please contact Fiona MacLennan for more information and to arrange attendance at our next session.


Estimating your Office Energy with the Tenant Energy Toolbox

We created this handy spreadsheet tool to estimate energy use and help with understanding the best opportunities for reductions.

Download the Tenant Energy Toolbox in our Resources Section


Sustainability in Production Alliance

Creative Carbon Scotland presented this session in collaboration with the Sustainability in Production Alliance (SiPA) in Scotland at PLASA Focus Glasgow in January 2016.

Calculating metrics for theatre companies 

We helped members of the FST Carbon strategy group to explore ways of measuring how well they are managing their carbon budgets with this handy FST Data Collection spreadsheet for  calculating metrics like kg CO2 per ticket sold (to name but one).  Please contact Ben Twist or Fiona MacLennan for more information.

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