The Natural History Museum has received a grant to produce a masterplan to help reduce carbon emissions from some of South Kensington's leading museums and academic institutions.
The grant of £2.85million is part of the UK government's Invest to Save plan and will be used to monitor energy efficiency in buildings that are part of the South Kensington Cultural and Academic Estate (this includes the Natural History Museum, Imperial College, Science Museum, V&A and the Royal Albert Hall).
Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said, 'The project led by the Natural History Museum in partnership with other South Kensington cultural and academic institutions also demonstrates strong leadership in the vital area of reducing carbon emissions to protect our environment for future generations.'
Over the next three years all the partners aim to reduce their carbon emissions by seven to ten percent, equivalent to 4,000 and 5,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
'This is incredibly significant for us from an environmental standpoint' says Simon Tileard, Head of Engineering at the Natural History Museum, 'and an excellent opportunity for the Museum and its partners to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we produce by our activities while delivering some significant cost savings'.
The project will also develop a programme to inform staff and visitors of the implications of climate change and encourage a cultural change in behaviour towards reducing energy use.