Creative Green Builds Momentum
Creative Green not only provides creative organisations with an independent assessment of their environmental commitment, understanding and improvement over time, but is also a means of demonstrating the collective action of the creative sector to meet the Paris Agreement target of limiting temperature rises at no more than a 1.5 degrees Celsius.
To build visibility of venues, events and offices awarded Creative Green we have made a map of all members of the community. We look forward to adding to the map as more organisations join the Creative Green community.
Creative Green is already helping participating organisations reduce a combined annual carbon footprint of 33,379 tonnes, equivalent to almost 500,000 million black cab journeys around the M25. Of the 33 currently live certifications, 20 venues and events achieved measurable reductions of 1,192 tonnes CO2 in one year, equivalent to 16,836 black cab journeys. Over the last year, thirteen organisations achieved a three-star rating – the top star rating under the previous scheme.
Special congratulations go to Shambala Festival, the first organisation to go through the new Creative Green assessment process, who was awarded a four-star rating for their 2015 festival. The festival has achieved an inspiring 58% reduction in total energy emissions since 2009 (their first year of reporting) and a 73% reduction in energy emissions per audience day. Their secret? Planning energy demand, putting a good infrastructure in place and raising staff awareness.
Chris Johnson, Festival Founder, says of Creative Green, “It has been the backbone to our continuous improvement as it provides the data and facts for making comparisons between years, judging the success of new measures, and thus guides decision-making. The new assessment is detailed and user friendly and gives us a robust basis to communicate with all stakeholders about our environmental performance. It's well worth the modest fee in our view.”
Creative Green is more than a certification programme. It is about giving vital support to organisations on making environmental action a reality.
Contact Catherine Bottrill to find out more about joining Creative Green.
Image credit: Carolina Faruolo, Jungle Brothers, 2015. Courtesy Shambala