This details how our projects focus on the future challenges facing the historic environment and how we support the public and heritage sector through this transition period.

Download the Climate Change Action Plan 2012–2017 [PDF, 1.2MB]

The plan’s seven broad themes are to:

  • reduce energy use in our buildings – and reduce carbon emissions
  • improve our operations – through greener management practices
  • improve energy efficiency in traditional buildings – by providing useful guidance for owners
  • build resilience – by helping to prepare the historic environment for climate change
  • improve sustainability – as an individual organisation and by engaging with our partners and stakeholders
  • develop and promote sustainable tourism – by measuring our operations against the Green Tourism scheme
  • inform and influence others – by reporting on impacts and publishing building repair guidance

Find out more about how we’re adapting to climate change.

Our carbon footprint

We made a public commitment to reduce our carbon emissions by 25% of 2008–09 levels by April 2015.

Our most recent annual Sustainability Report, for 2014–15, reported that since 2008–09 we had achieved:

  • a 17% reduction overall in greenhouse gas emissions
  • an 18% reduction in total energy consumption

Download the HES Sustainability Report 2015-16 [PDF 636KB]