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Science Museum Group unveils new sustainability initiatives

The Science Museum Group has announced its target to achieve net zero by 2033, also unveiling a series of sustainability initiatives ahead of reopening.

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As well as aiming to achieve net zero by 2033, the Science Museum Group has shared more about its sustainability initiatives, including talks, resources and the Our Future Planet exhibition.

“As we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity,” said Sir Ian Blatchford, Science Museum Group director.

As well as engaging our audiences with this grave threat, we need to do more to lessen our own environmental impact, which is why we’re today committing to achieving net zero by 2033.”

Construction is now complete on the National Collections Centre in Wiltshire, the group’s most energy efficient building to date and home to one of the UK’s biggest solar farms.

Science Museum aims to achieve net zero

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Featuring more than 300,000 objects, the National Collections Centre is a sustainable offering with ongoing tree-planting and hydrogen and electric cars used by staff.

Sustainability will also be a key element in the design and build of new exhibitions and plans for the National Railway Museum, Locomotion and the Science and Industry Museum.

“We can’t wait to inspire our audiences once again with the ideas and innovations that continue to shape our world, and find solutions for a better future,” added Blatchford.

The Science Museum Group is focusing on sustainability and climate change in its public programme this year, coinciding with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

There will be new Climate Talks events, with topics including the clean energy revolution and speakers including Anushka Asthana, William Kamkwamba and Anote Tong.

Our Future Planet exhibition launching

science museum sustainability our future planet

In addition, new online stories will explore the environment and sustainability using the Science Museum Group’s collection, from green transport solutions to the science of the oceans.

The group has also launched a new hub-page for climate learning resources and activities, with videos and 3D objects among the offerings.

The Science Museum is set to reopen on May 19 with the Our Future Planet exhibition, which explores nature-based and technological solutions to carbon capture and storage.

blooloop’s new conference on sustainability in visitor attractions, greenloop, takes place on April 20 and April 21.

Images: Science Museum Group

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