Accountability: monitoring and taking action
At Depot, we are aware that to make sustained reductions in our emissions we need to regularly quantify all our impacts, embed credible practises and be held to account by ourselves and our community.
Regulation and Policy
We are committed to helping achieve the aims of the UN Paris Agreement and have chosen to focus our efforts Sustainable Develop Goals 8, 11, 12, 13 and 17.
We call upon our Government to deliver a more robust strategy that will come down to meet grass root actions that are rising up to meet you. We can only do so much without better mitigation and infrastructure. We desperately urge them to adjust their timescale to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. It is widely recognised that the 2050 target will be insufficient to avoid catastrophic climate change.
We actively engage with both our town and District Council and are committed to supporting the East Sussex Environmental Strategy.
A Just and Green Cultural Recovery from Covid-19
Along with over 800 leading cultural figures and organisations, Depot has endorsed Julie’s Bicycle’s letter to the Secretary of State to call for urgent public investment to ensure a green, rapid and just transition for the cultural sector.
The newly formed Cultural Renewal Taskforce contains no representative who speaks to sustainability, biodiversity or social justice amongst its members. The letter reaffirms the unique power of culture to catalyse change across society and the ongoing dedication to a cleaner, greener, fairer future.
Depot uses Julie’s Bicycle’s CG Tools to annually measure and monitor the impacts including energy use, water consumption, waste generation and recycling, travel and production materials. The framework uses our collected data to calculate our total annual carbon emissions, compare with previous years performances and benchmark against other cultural organisations. This enables us to have a better understanding of where our impacts lie and helps inform our environmental strategy and priorities.
Our total carbon emissions total for 2019 was 472 tonnes CO2e. Through dedicated and targeted action we were able to bring this down from 770 tonnes CO2e in 2018 (our baseline year).
In Spring 2020 Depot achieved four out of five stars in it’s first environmental auditing by Julie’s Bicycle. Creative Green Certification recognises and celebrates environmental best practice within the creative and cultural industries.
Organisations are awarded between one and five stars based on points awarded for commitment, understanding and improvement. Depot scored 67 out of a possible 100 points.
It is the only environmental certification scheme designed specifically for this sector and Depot is extremely proud to be part of this pioneering creative community.
We are absolutely delighted to have won the Highest Achievement for Commitment prize at the national Creative Green Awards 2020.
“Depot’s exemplary approach involves commitment to keep their carbon footprint as low as possible, running every aspect of their operations with sustainability in mind and actively promoting those principles to their local community and the broader sector with engaging environmental programming and activities.”
Carbon Literacy Training
We are investing in a powerful training programme by The Carbon Literacy Trust to increase our understanding of the climate science and provide tangible tools for taking meaningful action. We are very proud that Carmen (Director and Programmer) and Natasha (Green Ambassador) have now received their Carbon Literacy Accreditation and we are working towards being able to deliver this as mandatory inhouse training to our 80 strong workforce.