This free tool has been custom built for GCC members. It has been designed for ease of use to provide a quick but accurate breakdown of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions, based on metrics common to most art organisations.
The calculator focuses on the primary areas related to the visual art sector:
Criteria 1-5 are PRIORITY DATA: 1. Air Travel, 2-4. Freight, 5. Grid Energy Consumption. These categories relate to the activities with the greatest CO2e emissions impact. Please make every effort to collect this information accurately.
Criteria 6-11 are ADDITIONAL DATA: 6-8 Travel (Non-air), 9. Local Freight, 10. Packaging & 11. Printing. These categories relate to the activities with lower emissions impacts, which does not mean to say they are unimportant, or that changes do not need to be made in this area. Ultimately, though, these activities will represent a relatively low proportion of overall emissions, and if you are pressed for time these are the areas that need less urgent attention.
To ensure data is saved, please make sure you are logged in. Once all data has been entered into the form please set the status in Settings to ‘Final’. This will allow you to download a PDF of your results, which can then be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive your Carbon Report data representation graphics and Carbon Reporting Badge.
Input the above information into the three main sections of the calculator, which will calculate the vast majority of your carbon footprint.
For a fuller picture, enter any or all of the following data. These are optional.
Note: The GCC recommends that any gallery serious about reducing its climate impact should look carefully at its events and, if possible, make a rough assessment of the climate impact of its guests’ travel behaviour. For example: The Thomas Dane Gallery calculated the carbon footprint of visitor travel to three events organised by the gallery in Naples. They found that visitor travel – particularly flights – to these three events would have added an extra 30% to the gallery’s annual carbon footprint. However, whether or not to include that visitor travel as part of the gallery’s annual carbon footprint and carbon reduction targets should be a case-by-case decision by the galleries themselves, as different approaches will be more useful or relevant for different organisations.
The carbon figures this calculator provides for passenger flights, air freight (transportation of artworks) and building energy should all be reasonably accurate - depending on the quality of the data entered. These three categories will almost certainly make up the great majority of a gallery’s carbon footprint. For a more complete figure fill in the other sections - but note that these are optional, and fairly approximate.
We designed this calculator to be reliable and robust, and recommend that you use it to give you an idea as to what your first steps on climate action should be. Knowing what is causing the majority of your emissions will help guide immediate decisions on what to do first. However, this is only a first step and if you are interested in moving beyond a general overview for target-setting and developing long-term plans, or for external reporting, then we suggest you commission a more comprehensive carbon audit. Feel free to contact us for more advice on how to do this.
By using our calculator, you are committing to sharing your data with us. This data will be absolutely anonymous and will not be linked to any one organisation or individual in particular. Your data will be useful in a few key ways:
“Carbon factors” are the amount of greenhouse gas emissions per km, per litre, per KWh etc. Most of the conversion factors utilised in this calculator are taken from the UK Government’s official annual set of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Conversion Factors, provided by BEIS Some data is taken from other sources around the world where available.
The GCC is grateful to our Environmental Consultants Danny Chivers and Harris Kuemmerle for their advice for the calculations.
You can view our tutorial video, which provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the calculator.
Please contact the GCC at email@example.com if you have any questions or need any help or support with using this calculator.