Making museums sustainable
A temperature between 20-22 degrees Celsius, humidity between 40% and 45% and a lumination of no more than 150 lux. These are the conditions recommended to preserve paintings in a museum. The energy intensive conditions required for conservation poses a sustainability challenge for museums worldwide.
Electricity corporation Iberdrola is sponsoring the development of a new LED lighting system in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. This will allow an annual energy saving on light of 75%. Prado has also started the ‘Lo Cambia Todo’ (it changes everything) awareness campaign in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund. The campaign re-illustrates iconic paintings to show the effects of climate change.
The California Academy of Sciences is another sustainable example. The museum is covered by a 10.000 square meter roof inhabited by plants to act as an insulator. This reduces the building’s energy needs by 30% while absorbing 13 million litres of water per year – most of which are used for the museum’s operation.
The ”Lo Cambia Todo’ campaign uses iconic paintings to raise awareness of climate change (13.3)
California Academy of Sciences and Museo Del Prado have significiantly improved their energy efficiency (7.3)
The museums are implementing innovations that make the industry more sustainable (9.4)
The museums have incorporated sustainable practices to improve energy and water efficiency (12.2, 12.7, 12.8)
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