Museum wins top award
One of New Zealand’s top environmental awards has gone to the Auckland War Memorial Museum for its hefty greenhouse gas emission reductions.
The award was for the Green Ribbon Award category, ‘‘Reducing our Greenhouse Gas Emissions’’.
The museum’s carbon footprint was reduced by 31 per cent in the past two years, producing savings of $340,000 this year.
In 2011 it became the first museum in the world to gain certification for its carbon emissions under the independent CEMAR scheme.
A 21 per cent reduction in the museum’s carbon emissions for 2012 was largely achieved through improvements in air conditioning control strategies and systems, which cut consumption of natural gas and electricity.
Other contributors were increased recycling by the public and staff, improved power-saving by staff and more use of energy efficient LED lighting. Museum director, Roy Clare, describes the reduction in the museum’s carbon footprint as an essential contribution to the global green agenda for change.
‘‘Environmental savings help us provide excellent value for money and pay for new, innovative programmes that better serve our diverse audiences.’’
In 2013 the museum aims to cut emissions by at least a further 5.7 per cent, through sending less waste to landfill, reducing travel and achieving more gas and electricity savings.
Alternative energy sources are also being investigated.