On 7 April 2022, the EMC organised an online Webinar on SHIFT Eco-Guidelines for Networks, where the reference document for network-organisations that aim to minimise their footprint, optimise environmentally sustainable practices, and act as an example of good practice for their members and other networks was presented to EMC and IMC members. Some EMC members that already started implementing the guidelines within their own networks also shared their experience.
The SHIFT Eco-Guidelines for Networks, developed in the framework of the Erasmus+ SHIFT project led by the EMC, were initiated by the nine SHIFT partners and created in collaboration with the Green Leisure Group and Creative Carbon Scotland. They are a first step towards filling a gap in the environmental certification offer.
The SHIFT Eco-Guidelines for Networks recognise and address the ecological footprint associated with operating international cultural network and platform-organisations (hereafter referred to as network-organisations). These guidelines are tailormade for cultural network-organisations, taking into consideration their unique characteristics and the contexts within which they operate. Their aim is to cover all major areas of their environmental impact, including operations, policies, activities, and governance. Special attention is given to travel and events, which are the main sources of carbon emissions for network-organisations. Implementing these guidelines will enable network-organisations to structurally become more environmentally sustainable.
You can read and download the SHIFT Eco-Guidelines for Networks here. They are purposely made openly accessible in the hope they can inspire structural organisational change in the cultural sectors, in the broadest sense.