This Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (ESAP) is one of several Action Plans aligned with the National Gallery’s new vision and Corporate Plan, including a Reconciliation Action Plan, Disability Inclusion Action Plan and Gender Equity Action Plan. By affiliating the National Gallery’s Action Plans with the United Nations Global Goals, we are joining and supporting global efforts to bring about equity, justice, and sustainability.
The ESAP provides a roadmap for the National Gallery to strategically focus its efforts across all aspects of its facilities and operations to achieve a more sustainable environmental footprint and responsible waste management practices over the next three years. It is a living document that will be updated annually as we respond to changes and the environment in which we work.
Impact Area 1 : Energy
Upgrades to buildings and infrastructure are expected to have a substantial impact on energy consumption across National Gallery facilities.
Impact Area 2 : Waste
The ESAP provides a holistic approach for the National Gallery to reduce the overall volume of waste sent to landfill.
Impact area 3 : Water
The Gallery collects rainwater through reverse osmosis used for water features.
Impact Area 4 : Freight
Each year, the Gallery conducts a wide- reaching outwards loans and touring exhibition program, sending works of art across Australia and around the world.
Impact area 5 : Transport
Reducing the number of flights per year will have the greatest impact on reducing emissions.
Impact Area 6 : Paper
Practices can easily be changed with simple and effective solutions to reduce consumption.
Impact Area 7 : Partnerships
Sustainability principles must be embedded in National Gallery plans, policies and communications to support cultural change.
Impact Area 8 : Management
It is vital that the National Gallery adopts a strategic approach to improve performance across all of its operations.
Environmental Sustainability Action Plan
Our Plan is structured using the following key impact areas which is designed to help the National Gallery implement actions that will facilitate improvements in the environmental sustainability of its artistic programs, operations, and facilities now and into the future.
Buildings and Operations
Impact Area 1: Reduce energy use
Impact Area 2: Reduce waste
Impact Area 3: Reduce water use
Transport and Consumables
Impact Area 4: Reduce emissions from art freight and stock deliveries
Impact Area 5: Reduce emissions from staff transport
Impact Area 6: Reduce paper use
Partnerships and Management
Impact Area 7: Create partnerships for sustainability
Impact Area 8: Manage for sustainability success
The National Gallery values community feedback on our progress in meeting the actions outlined in our ESAP. We encourage individuals and organisations to share their thoughts and experiences with us to ensure our continued improvement.
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