Studies – Culture & Climate

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Act Green 2023: Report (September 2023)

Act Green 2023: Report (September 2023)

Act Green is an Indigo Share Hot Topic, designed to explore the role of cultural organisations and their audiences in tackling the climate crisis. It was free for cultural organisations to take part in, thanks to sponsorship from Supercool. This is the second year the research has taken place.

Throughout July 2023, 17,479 cultural audience members responded to a survey sent out by 86 organisations across the UK.

The results of the 2023 Act Green survey show that 77% of audiences think cultural organisations have a responsibility to influence society to make radical change in response to the climate emergency.

This research, run by Indigo Ltd for a second year, reveals that cultural audiences and visitors are concerned about the climate emergency, and want to see the organisations they visit playing more of a role in tackling it as well as communicating their efforts to their audiences.

Read the report here.

Trends and best practice in climate action and sustainability in the arts

Trends and best practice in climate action and sustainability in the arts

This report maps climate action and environmental sustainability programmes in the UK arts and culture sector. It offers a contextual review of trends in this space, with suggestions of best practice and links to resources for cultural organisations and actors across the world. It analyses of opportunities and barriers to success and makes recommendations outlining how these gaps can be crossed.

This is a snapshot of the UK landscape that will inform future programming of the British Council. The report advances our understanding of the relevance and complementarity of initiatives to support our response to climate change through arts and culture. A key output of the project is a comprehensive mapping database, accessible as an online tool with over 350 entries.

Read the full report here

Culture, Climate and Environmental Responsibility Report 2022/23

Culture, Climate and Environmental Responsibility Report 2022/23

This year, the report covers National Portfolio Organisation’s environmental data and narrative for 2022/23, as well as Environmental reporting data for 2018-23. It offers insights into the creative and cultural sector’s continuing commitment to Environmental Responsibility, showing success stories and how organisations are understanding and reducing their environmental impact. As per previous years, the report highlights the benefits of consistent and well-placed support, investment, and time.

Report highlights include:

  • 94% of organisations include environmental sustainability in core business strategies
  • 60% of our portfolio include environmental sustainability in their artistic/production briefs and open calls
  • 20% reduction in energy use across the portfolio from 2018/19 to 22/23
  • Ten-year downward trend – the average emissions reported per organisation have reduced by 50% since environmental reporting began in 2012 (indicative using various assumptions).

Read the full report here