Mu­seum wins top award

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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