Transforming Energy

About Transforming Energy

As the climate and nature crisis accelerates, the creative community are needed more than ever, to focus our creativity on this moment and find the solutions we need. If you are a cultural organisation looking to become more energy efficient and reduce emissions as part of your climate action journey, then join our Transforming Energy programme. It is an opportunity to take practical action in response to the climate crisis, leading the way for the sector and inspiring peers.

Transforming Energy builds on the learnings of the former Spotlight programme. Launched in April 2023, Transforming Energy focuses on decarbonisation and working towards net zero for buildings-based cultural organisations. There are two strands of activity to join so that we can support you wherever you are on your emissions reduction journey: Buildings Net Zero Energy and Capital Investment Ready.

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Buildings Net Zero Energy

For those who are just starting out, or have begun to work on energy reduction but are keen to do more. This programme aims to support cultural organisations at all stages to reduce their energy emissions and progress towards Buildings Net Zero Energy. You can access our free, self-service resources, get support from our technical partners, Pilio, and training on good energy management practice provided by Julie’s Bicycle.

Sign up to Buildings Net Zero Energy.

Capital Investment Ready

This programme works with two cohorts of 10 organisations that are already making significant progress in energy reductions. It supports them to become Capital Investment Ready for the electrification of one key cultural venue, and aims to help them decarbonise their buildings by 2030. Although applications to this programme are currently closed, there will be more opportunities to join future cohorts. Sign up to our Environmental Programme newsletter for updates on when applications open.

Find out more about Capital Investment Ready.

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“We hope to be trailblazers for carbon reduction in arts venues and demonstrate what is possible with vision, dedication and optimism.”

– MAC Birmingham

Inspiration from inside the community

Cultural organisations are taking climate action with practical and creative responses celebrating and centering people and planet, nature and justice. If you’d like to find out about the vital, creative work that’s already happening across the sector to kickstart your Transforming Energy journey, you can delve into the inspiring stories from those who have participated in the Spotlight programme which ran between 2018-2022. 

The Glasshouse International Centre for Music (formerly Sage Gateshead) Tullie House Young Vic Royal Opera House

PICTURES: Energy theatre performance, photographer Chris Webb // We Are Watching, part of Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2021, photographer Dan Archer // Creative Climate Leadership UK, photographer Ruth Davey