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Creative Carbon Scotland Energy management with sMeasure

We believe that cultural organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century. Cultural organisations are uniquely placed to address the challenges brought on by climate change through the art they produce, the audiences they speak to and the way in which they operate themselves.

Creative Carbon Scotland currently works with over 70 arts organisations across Scotland with the ambitious aim to engage all arts organisations in Scotland in measuring and reporting on their carbon emissions. As it is well known that measuring leads to the reduction of carbon emissions we provide practical support in the form of training workshops and our Green Arts Portal to help arts organisations identify where their key environmental impacts lie and what action they can take to reduce their carbon footprint.

Our work with the sMeasure team began in 2010 and continued into 2011 as part of two pilot carbon management programmes CCS ran with Festivals Edinburgh and the Federation of Scottish Theatre respectively. As part of our current support programme we’ve teamed up with sMeasure to provide direct access to their building energy and water management tool via our Green Arts Portal.

CCS Director, Ben Twist says, “sMeasure is a vital part of our work with arts organisations. The tool provides an easy-to-use service for tracking and understanding building performance and allows organisations to see the impact of the artworks they produce or exhibit in their building both in terms of environmental and financial cost. There’s a real practical benefit to using sMeasure. The organisations we work with often discover they have been overcharged for energy or water usage after comparing their sMeasure records with their bills. This greater understanding organisations gain from using sMeasure contributes to our wider goal of changing habits and behaviours in the arts to be more environmentally aware.”

The Pilio group, founder of sMeasure, has provided a customised license of sMeasure software, enabling Green Arts Portal (GAP) users to seamlessly access GAP carbon reduction guides, Julie’s Bicycle IG Tools and sMeasure through a single log in.

Pilio developed sMeasure energy analytics from the building energy research at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute so that organisations have to hand the latest knowledge for improving building energy performance. Catherine Bottrill, CEO of Pilio says, ‘We are committed to empowering energy saving so that arts organisations can maximise their budgets for delivering artistic programmes. It is wonderful to be working with CCS so we can pool together energy results to give organisations an understanding of their energy performance to like organisations. We believe it is through shared learning and actions that significant energy savings can be achieved and hence why we are excited to be supporting CCS to achieve their ambition to green the arts in Scotland.’

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