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Mon 07 Jun 2021 | by Michelle Urquhart

Natural History Museum saves 196 tonnes from waste

The ornithological building at the Natural History Museum at Tring has been redeveloped to be more self-sustaining, with improved thermal performance, better insulation and solar panels. The Natural History Museum at Tring is a unique place, home to internationally important zoological and ornithological collections. As part of the Natural History Museum’s commitment to embed sustainability in all areas of its work, over the past few years the building has been made more self-sustaining, with improved thermal performance, better insulation and solar panels. Maxine Lister, head of licensing at the Natural History Museum said: “Throughout the project, which started in the summer of 2019, we worked in an environmentally and ethically sustainable way. We ensured an environmentally responsible design and have recycled and reused materials wherever possible. We are particularly proud that from September 2019 to March 2020, 95% of the construction waste produced was sent for recycling, resulting in 196 tonnes of material being diverted from landfill.” During 2020, 318 solar panels were installed, providing a total system capacity of 88kWp, capable of generating up to 75,835kWh a year, enough to meet the entire building's annual electricity needs. It also saves more than 21 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is equivalent to planting 10,514 trees. The Natural History Museum is sponsoring the Sustainability in Licensing Conference (SILC) over June 24 – 25 and Maxine says: “Sustainability is a very important part of the Natural History Museum’s strategy, and this also drives its licensing programme. We are proud to be involved with SILC 2021. This is a fantastic platform for the industry to come together, learn from peers within the sustainability industry and to network and discuss best practice with the common goal of moving the licensing industry to more sustainable practices.” Tickets to SILC are just £100 (+VAT) and are available from www.sustainabilityinlicensing.com, or from Clare Hollick of Createvents (event support) on clare@createvents.co.uk or by calling 0118 334 0085.