Australian Museum

The Australian Museum’s (AM) vision is to be a leading voice for the richness of life, the Earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific.

The Australian Museum is a dynamic source of reliable scientific information and a touchstone for informed debate about some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges facing our region: the loss of biodiversity, a changing climate and the search for cultural identity.

Underpinning our research is an irreplaceable collection of international standing - 21.9 million objects representing a timeline of the environmental and cultural histories of Australian and Pacific regions.

The Australian Museum welcomes visitors onsite, online and through our outreach programs to learn and understand our world through exhibitions, programs, student and teacher education resources, cultural exchanges and scientific fieldwork.

“The carbon footprint serves as a benchmarking tool to identify future opportunities to reduce emissions and a way to track our emission reduction measures into the future.”

Type of certification


How long have you been certified carbon neutral?

Since November 2020.

Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing the world. Humans have created the challenge, and we have the solutions, skills and capacity to turn it around, and care for our Earth and ourselves.

The Australian Museum (AM), with its long-term research about nature and culture, is well-placed to make a strong contribution to understanding and responding to climate change. Our work is informed by the AM’s scientific research and fieldwork and our connections to First Nations communities across Australia and the Pacific. 

The AM has committed to being carbon neutral; playing an active role in creating and sharing climate solutions.  The AM has very deliberately overcome the challenges of its historic and iconic heritage buildings and worked internally to reduce our carbon footprint and be an example for others.

What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?

Climate Active certification provides an independent verification of the Australian Museum’s green credentials. It is an example of the AM’s leadership in sustainability.

The carbon footprint serves as a benchmarking tool to identify future opportunities to reduce emissions and a way to track the AM’s emission reduction measures into the future.  

What offset projects do you support?

A Tiwi Islands savanna burning project, a grid interactive solar PV power project in India, and a wind power project in China.    

Why did you choose these projects?

The AM selected projects that meet Climate Active’s strict carbon offsetting standards. It was also important that the projects aligned with the AM mission, vision and principles. The projects also align with the scientific research undertaken at the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) and the Australian Museum’s role in advocating and supporting First Nations conservation practices.

The offset projects included two Australian based organisations: the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation and Greenfleet. In line with the AM’s goal to increase the use of renewable energy, the other project supports a solar farm in Gujurat, India.

How can the community support you?

The AM welcomes visitors both onsite, online and through our education outreach to learn and understand the need to protect our environment, support environmental solutions and play their part in building a thriving, positive future for ourselves and our natural world. The AM’s scientific research, cultural advocacy and environmental education can be supported by visiting the Museum or by making a tax deductible donation to the Australian Museum Foundation.

What else are you doing to reduce emissions?

The AM has implemented a range of energy efficiency projects over recent years that have reduced energy use. This includes mechanical and HVAC upgrades, an LED lighting upgrade and a construction waste strategy for Project Discover – a $57.5M building renovation and upgrade.

The Australian Museum is taking steps to purchase 100% renewable energy by 2023.

What has been the impact of your action?

Project Discover achieved more than 90% diversion from landfill rate for all construction waste. In addition to this timber floor boards, bronze balusters, handrails and sandstone were reused as part of the new galleries.

What advice would you give to a business considering certification?

Climate Active provides an independent assessment of an organisation’s sustainability projects and emission mitigations enabling the AM to confidently and proudly share our achievements with the public and encourage other organisations to join in mitigating the effects of climate change.  

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