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Climate change is the most pressing challenge facing our planet. As the world’s leading alliance of science museums, the Science Museum Group has a unique opportunity to engage millions of people who visit us at our museums or digitally with the science of climate change.

Through our public programme, collection, and working practices, we can connect our audiences with environmental and sustainability issues.

Our journey

We are on a journey to decarbonise. We have achieved a 69% drop in direct carbon emissions from our operations since 2011/12 despite a 24% increase in floor area through Locomotion and the Science and Industry Museum joining the Group.

We purchase our electricity from renewable sources (except at the Blythe House object store in London, which we share with the V&A and British Museum) and host one of the UK’s biggest solar farms at the National Collections Centre in Wiltshire.

We are also committed to expanding the biodiversity of our estate, improving natural habitats for wildlife and planting a further thousand native, locally-sourced trees a year throughout this decade, joining the 45,000 native trees already planted.

Find out more

Follow us on our journey and find out more about our varied programme of events, films and exhibitions exploring climate science:

Sustainability policy

Find out more about our approach to decarbonisation and engaging our audiences with climate science.

Sustainability blog

Learn about our work to embed sustainability across the organisation and the opportunities and challenges we face.

What’s on

As the UK prepares to host the international COP26 talks in November 2021, we are exploring sustainable futures and climate science across the Science Museum Group. Join us for what will be a momentous year of climate conversations.

Climate talks

Delve into our new series of Climate Talks—panel discussions, Q&As and events with an international line of experts, campaigners and cultural figures discussing how to tackle the most pressing issues around climate change.

Book a free ticket to watch these events online from any of our museum websites:

More events

Our Future Planet

Find out about the latest methods of carbon capture and storage at our free exhibition opening in spring 2021


Header imade: SMG staff tree planting at the National Collection Centre with the Woodland Trust