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Sustainability has been a fundamental principal of Auckland War Memorial Museum since its inception 160 years ago. It’s also a core objective within Future Museum - our 20-year strategic plan.

The Museum is well ahead of projected sustainability targets with the announcement we have cut our carbon emissions by 50% since we began monitoring our footprint three years ago. This means nearly 1000 tonnes of carbon emissions are not entering the atmosphere every year due to the Museum’s efforts.

Facts and figures at a glance

Since 2010 we have:

  • reduced our carbon footprint by 50%
  • reduced our consumpotion of natural gas by 64%
  • reduced our electricity usage by 36%
  • made annual energy savings of $400,000
  • reduced our waste to landfill carbon emissions by 72%
  • reduced our carbon emissions from air travel by 39%

Solar Energy

Auckland Museum has extended its programme for energy efficiency by installing a solar panel system on its roof.

Installing solar panels on the eastern roof of Auckland War Memorial Museum.

© Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

The 189 solar panels are expected to generate in the order of 66,000 kWh per annum, making it one of the largest grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) installations in the country.

The amount of renewable energy generated by the solar panels will be equivalent to the power consumed by around eight average households.

The panels are located on the eastern and western side of the Museum roof and do not exceed the roof parapet height, in order to ensure the heritage character of the building remains.

The solar panel system will be connected to the national electricity grid, however all the energy generated from the sun’s rays will be used onsite, reducing the Museum’s electricity bill and its carbon emissions footprint.