A working group of CIfA's Advisory Council has been set up to look at how the Chartered Institute and archaeologists can reduce their impact on the environment and respond to the climate crisis we are facing. The aim of the working party is to
- provide advice for CIfA and its members on how they can reduce carbon emissions
- encourage members to share their own ideas and case studies
- seek expertise and examples from outside the profession
The actions will support CIfA, its members and Registered Organisations to meet the expectations set out in the Institute’s Environmental protection policy.
Environmental protection policy
This policy aims to heighten awareness of environmental protection issues amongst the membership of the Institute, and to encourage archaeological organisations and individuals to adopt and implement environmental protection policies. A model policy is appended for the use of CIfA members: CIfA does not require its members or registered organisations to use this form of words.
Carbon reduction guide
Archaeology – like all disciplines – needs to think about changing its working practices to contribute to net-zero targets. In recognition of this challenge, the Climate Change working group has developed a Carbon Reduction Guide Table which you can download from the link below. This table looks at how the Chartered Institute and the wider sector can reduce their impact on the environment and respond to the climate, while working within the Institute’s Code of conduct and Standards and guidance.
The table represents a starting point rather than a set of defined final rules. We suggest that it be used as a broad framework in which to allow organisations and individuals to begin the process of engaging with carbon reduction and climate responsibility. We acknowledge that this is a ‘living document’, reflecting current understanding and assumptions, and as such will change over time as our understanding of the often-complex issues around carbon reduction improves.
The long-term aim of the working group is to build up a resource of practical case studies, and members and organisations are encouraged to submit these, as well as additional ideas on approaches to carbon saving to add to this table. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Carbon reduction network
CIfA has just launched a Carbon Reduction Network through the Historic England Knowledge Hub. This is to provide an informal online space to allow CIfA members and others to ask questions and share ideas and resources so that we can collectively improve our practices and respond to the climate crisis. You can request to join the Knowledge Hub here: khub.net/group/cifa-carbon-reduction-network/group-home or email email@example.com
Resources, training and events
- Heritage Carbon Literacy Training - CIfA is hosting a series of training courses to support organisations to gain an awareness of the causes and impacts of climate change and an understanding of carbon emissions. Find a course on our event listings page.
- Sustainability and Net Zero Resource Page - Historic Environment Forum
- Supply chain sustainability school
- Historic England Climate Friday webinars
- CIfA CPD session recordings
- The Archaeologist 108 and 115
Climate Heritage Network
In July 2020 CIfA joined the Climate Heritage Network. The Network was launched in September 2019 and already over 70 organisations globally have signed up to its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Through engagement with the Network, it is intended that arts, culture and heritage actors will be able to mutually support each other to increase understanding of their role in climate adaptation and mitigation, as well as to inform climate policies.