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Useful links for reducing your Carbon Footprint

By March 28, 2024No Comments
A dry stone wall with moss growing through again a clear blue sky. A bird sits on the top of the wall, illuminated with the sun light and faces away from the camera.

This year, Heritage Trust Network is facilitating Heritage Carbon Literacy Training on behalf of Historic England. Delivered by Becky Valentine, sustainability and building health check consultant, this training gives attendees a foundation knowledge of climate change and its impacts on the heritage sector. This includes carbon emissions, how to start climate conversations and climate justice. At the end of the training, individuals are empowered to make pledges to reduce their organisation’s carbon footprint.  

As the course administrator and technical support, I have enjoyed sitting quietly in the background and listening to member’s discussions. Not only do they have ambitious plans for the future, but many have already been actively working to reduce their environmental impact. From Alexandra Palace’s sustainability achievements (see the graphic below) to Trusts working with private owners of heritage buildings to help them make environmentally sustainable decisions and organisations considering the three scopes of emissions when thinking about Carbon Accounting, it is inspirational to see the heritage sector being proactive about our future.   

   Alexandra Palace- Sustainability Achievements 2022/2023Infographic in pink and green. Reads Alexandra Palace sustainability achievements in 2022/2023. Gas consumption is down 21% compared to the previous year. Carbon footprint reduced from 3,004 tonnes in 2019/20 to 2,243 tonnes in 2022/23. Equivalent to 187 homes. Ice rink electricity is down 30%. New plastic-free cups and cutlery. That's 1.5m less plastic cups and 4m less single-use plastic Cutlery. No weedkiller was used on site and new bird and bat boxes were installed. All theatre productions now have 'Albert sustainable productions' accreditations. 50% of staff travel to work on public transport and 22% use active travel (cycling and walking). 34% of waste is recycled, last year we introduced food and battery recycling for staff. £85,000awarded by the mayor of London's local energy accelerator fund for clean energy masterplan.

During the training, attendees share links and resources they have used on their journey that they think will support others. 


I would love to hear what you are doing to reduce your carbon footprint, and what resources you have used on your journey. Email me on  

Paying members can find out more climate crisis resources in our Toolkit.  

Are you interested in Heritage Carbon Literacy Training? Find out more * 

*Heritage Carbon Literacy training is funded for one person per organisation in England Local authorities, higher education establishments and private owners are not eligible for this training. 


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