Environmental Policy

Camden Arts Centre Environmental Policy
Updated March 2019

CAC has an excellent track record on reducing carbon emissions, and increasing our environmental sustainability remains a key operational goal.
We aim to be a beacon of good practice, to limit our pollution and waste, save energy and practise recycling.  All visitors and staff should feel able to engage with our environmental programme, in the same way they do with our exhibition and education programmes, and with just as much integrity. Our environmental policy and action plan lay out a clear structure for maintaining and building upon this good practice, and responsibility for environmental performance is held by the Gallery Manager.

Recent highlights include:

• Winner of ‘Best Museum and Art Gallery’ in the Creative Green Awards 2017
• Participation in Julie’s Bicycle ‘Creative Green’ - environmental certification scheme, specifically designed for the creative sector.
• Adoption of a zero to landfill waste contract.  Our recycling rate for 2018 was 75%.
• Procurement of green energy electricity contract from April 2016 which generates 95% of its electricity from green sources.
• Building environmental improvements through participation in GLA Re-Fit scheme, a grant through Arts Council England Small Capital Scheme and London Borough of Camden S106 funds.
• Programming work which raises awareness of our environment.
• Expansion of LED lighting installation throughout the building.
• Installation of 10kWh photovoltaic solar panels on our Gallery One roof.
• Installation of rainwater harvesting tanks in our garden to help reduce our water usage and supply water to our garden.
• Upgrading building sensors to ensure plant equipment operates ‘on-demand’ for increased efficiency.
Seeking to recycle as much material as possible used in the fabrication of our exhibitions.

Future plans include:

• Strengthening links with Julie’s Bicycle and Camden Climate Change Alliance to align with best practise in the sector.
• Efficiency upgrades to our BMS system to reduce our energy consumption and prolong life of mechanical plant work.
• Review funding options for heat recovery system to harness waste heat energy from our ceramics studio kilns and supply hot water/heating to the building.
• New wildlife trail in garden to help our younger visitors engage with the natural environment.
• Installation of Green Roof planned for the roof of the café. This will help absorb CO2, conserve energy and increase the biodiversity of the garden space.
• Food Recycling for Café and staff food waste. This will lessen our overall waste production.
• Continue to reduce waste production and energy consumption in real terms for gas, water and electricity.
• Review the environmental impact of different types of exhibition

We welcome all input from visitors and invite members of the public to engage in our policy. Should you have any suggestions or questions regarding our environmental policy at Camden Arts Centre, please contact info@camdenartscentre.org.