GCC Launches Carbon Reporting Campaign

The deadline to complete 2019 carbon reports is November 1st 2021. GCC will be publishing the results and celebrating proactive members as part of its programme to coincide with COP26.

In less than a year, GCC has grown from a group of 14 founders, to an international membership of over 500. It has received recognition from the UN, and additional GCC voluntary research teams are forming across the world. While this speed of expansion and enthusiasm is impressive and motivating, our focus has always been, and continues to be about taking action. This campaign is aimed at encouraging and supporting members to take the vital first step towards the GCC goals — completing a 2019 carbon report.


Why 2019? Before we can start talking about 2030, we need an accurate starting point, and 2019, as the last pre-covid business year, will supply us with the most useful and relevant figures on which to base our reduction targets. Completing the report is a core coalition commitment — each and every member has pledged to do this — and is vital to understanding and taking responsibility for the carbon emissions of the art sector. 


“Any organisation that wants to continue to exist and fulfill its function in 10 years time has to take this seriously.” 

Danny Chivers, GCC environmental advisor speaking to Artnet.


The campaign will celebrate GCC members who are making active contributions towards the coalition commitments. This will include publishing carbon reports, providing new resources and hosting workshops to support the reporting process, as well as offering data analysis and updated guidelines on how we can move towards a decarbonised art-world.




Shown below are some examples of proactive members who have already completed their carbon calculations for 2019. Nottingham Contemporary and Modern Art in the UK and Chertludde and Haverkampf Galerie in Germany. It is incredibly useful to have such data already, and it means that over the coming months, GCC will be able to review member’s data like this, and provide in-depth analysis.



By publishing carbon reports GCC hopes to inspire transparency and collegiality across the sector. Making the results available also helps establish best practices across the sector, track progress, and build up a bank of data, which in turn will improve GCC’s tools and resources. 


Over time, we will be able to see how the data evolves and emissions change with new practices and conditions. These data sets will, in turn, allow us all to tackle the problems facing us all more effectively. 




To coincide with the one year anniversary of the launch of GCC in October, and as the world counts down to COP26 in November, GCC will formally be announcing a list of the members who have completed their reports for 2019, to celebrate what will be a huge milestone in the industry. 


To read more about the urgency of data gathering, see our latest article on carbon reporting on GCC News Stories. 


GCC was founded with a simple but urgent mission, to help bring about a 50% reduction in carbon emissions across the art-world by 2030. This goal can only be achieved through the collective efforts of committed members taking active steps to change for the better. 




GCC is grateful to its members for agreeing to publish their results in this article.



July 28, 2021