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Art industry reducing carbon footprint

Date: 02 November 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous


London’s Design Museum has conducted an environmental audit of its exhibition “Waste Age: What Can Design Do”.



Many art establishments are trying to analyse the problem of carbon footprint by looking at ways by which the problem can start at home.



  • The exhibition is set to take place from October 31 to November 12 during the same time as the UN’s COP26 conference.

  • It will consist of more than 300 objects and features works of designers who are rethinking our relationship with everyday objects and things.

  • Starting from the way we dress to what we eat and how we live, the exhibition will try to focus on waste management and recycling theme.

  • The artists featured will include Stella McCartney, Bethany Williams, Fernando Laposse, Phoebe English and Natsai Audrey Chieza.


Environmental audit

  • Environmental audit is defined as “a systematic, documented, periodic, and objective review of facility operations and practices related to meeting environmental requirements”.

  • The audit found out the footprint of the entire exhibition and how to reduce it. Initially it was estimated to be 190 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emission.

  • Now the emission stands at 10 tonnes. There is increased use of renewable energy and museum makes efforts to recycle material for exhibitions.


Contribution of museums to environmental impact

Carbon emission during transportation, electricity usage, packaging using plastics, discarded waste and the travel that takes place all contribute for carbon footprint.


Efforts to reduce carbon

  • Use of Carbon Calculator to calculate carbon footprint and take required action. Indicators include travel and transport arrangements, packaging and printing details. 

  • Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation replaced 309 incandescent lights in a museum with energy-efficient LED bulbs. 

  • The energy consumption fell by 90 per cent and also reduced the emission of pollutants from the light.

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