A new guide to help local cultural organisations go green has been launched as part of wider plans to ensure all businesses and groups in Manchester aid the city’s bid to reach zero carbon by 2038.
The Zero Carbon Culture guide, developed for Manchester City Council by environmental not-for-profit Julie’s Bicycle, outlines step-by-step measures that arts and culture organisations can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
It is designed for use by organisations of all sizes, from artists and makers to studios, digital labs, community arts centres, multi-arts venues, and indoor and outdoor events organisers.
Key priority areas
The guide covers every aspect of a cultural organisation's operation across key priority areas, including buildings; new developments and construction; renewable energy; transport; reducing, re-using and recycling; procurement; waste; food; green space and gardens; and water conservation.
Recommended measures range from the sector specific - such as ensuring sets and installations are designed for minimal waste or can be re-used - to the more general, such as installing low energy lighting, storing data in the cloud, virtual meetings and sourcing supplies locally.
The council has also published a series of guides to organising sustainable events, which provide carbon reduction support and guidance to event organisers, suppliers, service providers and venues in the city.
‘Become a zero hero’
Cllr Luthfur Rahman, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We're asking all [cultural and arts organisations], the big, the small, and the in-between, for the sake of the planet to take a close look at everything they do and work out how they can become a zero hero and do it in a greener, more sustainable way. A way that keeps Manchester's amazing arts and culture scene front and centre on the world's stage, but that also protects the interests of all of us moving forwards.”
Under the Manchester City Council’s climate change action plan, cultural organisations funded by the council are now required to produce and report on their own carbon reduction plan as part of their funding agreement.