Van Gogh developing into world’s most sustainable museum

Before Article
  • Advice on sustainable business practices
  • Targets laid down in CSR scorecard
  • Active energy monitoring, resulting in reductions
  • Sustainable purchasing, waste separation, and reduction in raw materials
  • BREEAM sustainability tool for museums

Sustainability is a significant component of the Van Gogh Museum’s strategy. Extending the sustainability of heritage and making it available to the public means that sustainable business practices are one of the foundations of the museum’s raison d’être. CFP helped develop the CSR vison and policy. We did this with the aid of the CSR Scorecard. Active energy monitoring has produced a number of positive results, including a 24% reduction in electricity consumption and a 46% reduction in gas consumption in 2014/2015. We also looked at the planned renovation of the museum and gave advice on sustainability measures, such as the H/CS installation and making the new entrance to the Kurokawa building more sustainable. In 2013, CFP and the Van Gogh Museum, together with the DGBC and seven other museums, made the BREEAM sustainability tool usable for museums. In 2014, our joint efforts made the Van Gogh Museum the most sustainable museum in the world, with a BREEAM “Very Good” certificate for Asset, Management, and Use.

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