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North East Museums set out to ‘Make Carbon History’.

April 22nd, 2013 | 1:13 pm

With the UK Government committing to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, museums across the North East are playing their part in helping the UK to achieve this target with the launch of a new initiative called Make Carbon History.

Led by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM) through the Museum Development Programme funded by Arts Council England, Make Carbon History is a two-year programme of support that will enable museums to reduce their carbon footprint by 12% by 2015, whilst helping to create a sustainable future for communities across the region.

TWAM have commissioned CO2Sense, to work with 8 museums to identify and implement practical solutions to minimise their carbon emissions through reduced grid energy demand and sustainable facility management. These measures will allow the museums to reduce their energy bills, whilst also creating a more comfortable environment for visitors, staff and volunteers.   The 8 museums across the region currently engaged in this project are Bede’s World, Heugh Gun Battery Museum, Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Woodhorn Museum, the Oriental Museum, Durham Light Infantry museum, mima (Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art), and Hexham Old Gaol.

Sarah Carr, Senior Museum Development Officer at TWAM, says:

“The Make Carbon History initiative is about creating a sustainable future for the region’s museums and to ensure that they can continue to have a positive impact on their surrounding communities”.

“The purpose of museums is to inspire and educate and I hope that the action we are taking to address climate change, will also influence museum audiences to look at how they can implement sustainability and reduce their own carbon footprint”.

For more information on how CO2Sense's work with museums, please email Kristina.Lomas@co2sense.co.uk

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