Module 1.1: Environmental Reporting: what is it, how does it affect you and why is it important?


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Aim: This webinar will provide an introduction and overview of the Arts Council’s environmental reporting requirements. It will explain the necessary steps to comply and the help on offer.

The webinar will include:

- Introduction to the Arts Council’s environmental reporting and Julie’s Bicycle.
- Why is this happening now?
- How does it affect you?
- What are the benefits for your organisation?
- What help is available?
- What is an environmental policy and action plan?
- What are the IG Tools?
- Q&A

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Module 1.1: Environmental Reporting: what is it, how does it affect you and why is it important?

  1. 1. Today’s Topic: Environmental Reporting: What is it, how does it affect you WEBINAR STARTING AT10AM
  2. 2. Module 1.1 An introduction Environmental Reporting: What is it, how does it affect you Christina Tsiarta Catherine Langabeer – Julie’s Bicycle
  3. 3. Housekeeping
  4. 4. Webinar Series •  Weekly webinars for Npos, Mpms, Mdp lead partners and Bridge Organisations •  Now until May 22nd (reporting deadline is May 31st) –  An introduction to environmental reporting –  Basic training –  Specialist advice, dependent on the nature of your organisation –  Specialist stakeholder webinars –  Troubleshooting
  5. 5. Today’s agenda •  Introduction to Julie’s Bicycle •  Introduction to the Arts Council’s environmental reporting requirements – what is expected? •  Climate Change and the Arts •  What are the IG Tools? •  How can you get started with drafting an EP and AP? •  What help is available? •  Trouble shooting QA
  6. 6. •  Not for profit •  Founded by the music industry, now spanning many creative sectors •  Five years old •  A bridge between sustainability and the creative industries •  Anchored in research •  Not a bike shop
  7. 7. What does that look like? •  Working with over 1,000 organisations of all sizes and types: Artichoke, Royal Opera House, Manchester Jewish Museum, Latitude Festival, BALTIC and Live Nation •  Consultancy •  Free online resources •  Networks •  Industry Green (IG) Tools and Certification •  Arts Council partnership
  8. 8. Arts Council Requirements 1.  Developing an environmental policy and action plan. –  Notify us using the IG Tools 2.  Collecting data on emissions from energy and water use from April 2012 to March 2013. –  Submit using the IG Tools Reporting deadline: 31st May 2013
  9. 9. Why you will care Why you ‘should’ care Why it’s worth it
  10. 10. Why you will care •  It’s a business issue, not just an ethical one •  It can save you money, time and effort •  It’s not going to go away
  11. 11. Why you ‘should’ care •  UK Gov: –  80% reduction by 2050 on 1990 levels •  Arctic sea ice: –  Melting twice as quickly as predicted •  Rate of species extinction: –  100-1,000x higher than historically ‘normal’ •  Temperature rise: - 5/6ºC warming = ê 5-10% off global GDP
  12. 12. Why it’s worth it Arts and Culture: –  Have an impact far beyond their own footprint –  Enable us to understand complex issues –  Have a role to play in social change
  13. 13. What are the IG Tools? •  Set of online carbon calculators •  Specific to cultural sectors •  5 different tools: –  Outdoor Events –  Offices –  Venues/Cultural Buildings –  Tours –  Productions •  Account for: - Energy - Water
  14. 14. What are the benefits? •  Establish a baseline –  Where do your main impacts come from? –  How do you best focus your reduction efforts? •  Inform your policy and action plan •  Inform your planning = ê£ •  Peer comparisons (industry average)
  15. 15. What help is available? •  To register/sign in: •  Key resources: –  IG Tools User Guide for Arts Council England funded organisations –  Demo videos •  Email or phone support from Julie’s Bicycle •  Further webinars
  16. 16. IG Tools demonstration
  17. 17. Developing your environmental policy and action plan •  Policy: Your statement of commitment to sustainability, setting over-arching ambitions •  Action plan: How you’re going to achieve your objectives and targets (what, who, how and when)
  18. 18. What are the benefits? •  Shared objectives to gain organisation-wide support •  Clarity of purpose for better project management •  Greater accountability and transparency •  Create baseline of activity = measure future success
  19. 19. What help is available? • •  Key resources: –  Environmental Policy and Action Plan Guidelines (incl. resource matrix) –  Example policies and plans from other organisations •  Email or phone support from Julie’s Bicycle •  Further webinars
  20. 20. The Policy: Starting Out •  Understand and prioritise impacts •  Start from what you do •  Consider what you control vs. what you influence •  Use quantitative and qualitative data
  21. 21. The Action Plan: Starting Out •  Define objectives, targets actions in line with policy commitments •  Make them SMART –  Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant Timely •  Set responsibilities, timescales and deadlines •  Define how to track and share progress •  Establish a regular (e.g. annual) management review
  22. 22. Any questions? •  Reporting deadline 31st May 2013 •  Allow 4 – 6 weeks for reporting cycle to take place within • • - Click on the NPO Help Centre green circle
  23. 23. Further support • •  Practical Guides and Fact sheets •  Case studies •  FAQ’s •  User Guides •  Further webinars •  Phone email support
  24. 24. THANK YOU