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Sustainability Policy

Science Museum Group Sustainability Policy

Climate change is one of the most urgent threats and challenges facing our society and is integral to the Science Museum Group’s mission to Inspire Futures.

The science of climate change is clear. Radical decarbonisation across all sectors is needed to keep global temperature rises below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century, as set out in the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) 1.5 report, October 2018.

Our programme on climate change and sustainability will focus on how science and engineering has led in the past and is driving current technological solutions to tackle climate change.

Our collection reflects the scientific innovations which have made the world we have today. Intrinsic to these stories is the impact of innovation on the natural world, in particular climate change.

We are uniquely placed to inspire our audiences of 5 million who visit our sites each year and our 11 million digital audience to explore the impact of our past and the opportunities for our future.

To inspire futures, we are scientific in our approach to sustainability, being data led and embracing technology and innovation and using international consensus climate science from the IPCC.

We will continue to reduce our carbon emissions, reduce our material and energy consumption, enhance biodiversity and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere from our tree planting.

We are on a journey to decarbonise all parts of the Science Museum Group by reducing the carbon emissions from our operations, procurement and supply chain, and using resources more efficiently, while still investing in and developing our estate in a sustainable way.

Building on our carbon emissions reductions over the past decade, we will move forward with the intention of leading public engagement in the UK on the science of climate change and the technological challenges and opportunities around energy and food transitions and greenhouse gas removals.

We are committed to working with funders who are also on a journey to decarbonise.

We will do this by assessing prospective and current partners using the independent Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) tool and encouraging them to work towards level three or better on the TPI.

We will also work with external advisers to finalise our Sustainability Strategy and set a net zero target and pathway underpinned by science-based absolute emission carbon reduction targets that are consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

We will also consider how any remaining carbon emissions will be removed from the atmosphere using offsets to reach net-zero.