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National Museum of Australia launches environmental sustainability action plan

National Museum of Australia Media Release

The National Museum of Australia has launched its inaugural environmental sustainability action plan, which commits it to reducing its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.

The Museum has embraced both Federal and Australian Capital Territory government legislation and guidelines to achieve certified carbonneutral status of its building and business practices by or before 2030.

Among the first steps the Museum has taken to reach its targets is acquiring electric vehicles, installing solar panels and reducing the use of utilities.

ACT Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Mr Shane Rattenbury said, The launch of the National Museum of Australia’s environmental and sustainability action plan is a significant step towards addressing climate change at the community level. By committing to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030, the Museum demonstrates its dedication to taking action on climate change.

“By setting targets and taking action to reduce emissions, the Museum sets an example for other institutions to follow. This is the kind of leadership we need as we work together to create a zero emissions, environmentally conscious future,” Mr Rattenbury said.

National Museum Director, Dr Mathew Trinca, said, “The Museum takes great pride in setting out its vision of building audience capacity to sustain Australia’s rich natural environment and cultural heritage.

Through this action plan, the Museum commits to achieving its goals of carbonneutral certification, reducing its impact on the environment, and engaging audiences with knowledge to promote a sustainable future,” Dr Trinca said.

“We are particularly proud of our new gallery Great Southern Land, which explores Australia’s unique landscapes and biodiversity and asks visitors to consider how the land can help guide us through the environmental challenges of the future,” Dr Trinca said.

This year, electric vehicles will replace two of the Museum’s fleet of six internal combustion engine vehicles, with others to follow as the leases expire.

A 192kW solar panel system has recently been installed on the Museum building’s roof, which provides approximately 4.5% of the building’s electricity requirement.

The Museum’s action plan aligns with the Powering Australia plan’s emissions reduction program, APS Net Zero 2030, which requires the Australian Public Service to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2030.

The Museum’s plan also aligns with the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals, which seek internationally agreed outcomes in relation to sustainability.

While the Museum is subject to Federal legislation, its location within the ACT allows it to benefit from the ACT Government’s Waste Management Strategy, and electricity derived from 100% renewable sources.


The Museum has developed four streams of activity, which reflect key areas of the Museum’s endeavours that impact on environmental sustainability.

Audience and community collecting, developing and delivering content that inspires and encourages audiences to join our sustainability ambition and take individual action.

Staff engagement championing an inclusive approach to improving business practices, knowledge, skills and delivery of sustainability activities.

Energy and materials improving levels of energy efficiency and the use of ethically sourced and renewable materials in our buildings, services, project outcomes and consumables.

Governance and partnerships embedding environmental sustainability, implementing best practice and developing mutually beneficial partnerships.

The National Museum’s Environmental Sustainability Action Plan 20232030 is available here.


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  1. New England Cocky

    Government agencies leading the way by fine example and enjoying the resultant financial savings.

  2. Clakka

    Excellent news.

    One could only hope that the Australian War Memorial lifts its game, and with its $0.5 billion handout. Rather than becoming a glorification theme park of killing machines, that in addition to any spatial growth and (hopefully) energy efficiencies, it demonstrates important information and gravitas on matters such as the ‘settler wars’ and more extensive commentary on the societal integration of the defence forces, the strategic and operational truths and how the forces, from the top down, respond to the communities ever-increasing shift towards a sustainable philosophy and actions.

    In these matters there seems to be quite a number of gaping holes at present.

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