Three-Year Sustainability Action Plan

Auckland Museum

Three-Year Sustainability Action Plan

Our three-year Sustainability Action Plan focuses our attention on the areas we can influence and have the most significant positive impact. The plan sets the foundation for our long-term net-zero target by 2050 and reinforces our organisation-wide commitment to reduce our impact on the environment and inspire others to do the same. 

Sustainability Plan

Honouring our commitment to kaitiakitanga in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland War Memorial Museum takes a proactive stance on environmental sustainability. It is a key principle in our 20-year Future Museum strategy.

The Museum has made big strides in recent years as part of that commitment. As of April 2018, Auckland Museum was in the top 5 CEMARS® and carboNZero CertTM certified organisations nationally in our carbon reduction efforts. We are also a member of the Sustainable Business Council.
Since 2010 we have….

- Reduced our carbon footprint by 45%

- Reduced our electricity usage by 47%

- Reduced our consumption of natural gas by 55%

- Reduced our waste to landfill carbon emissions by 70%

Our next phase sees us focus on being sustainable with our building works programme, the reuse of exhibition materials, and a major focus on recycling and reduction across the organisation. We will also engage with Aucklanders on environmental issues through our exhibitions, public programmes and education activities.

As a society we can no longer take a back seat on climate change and, to negate the worse effects, we must come together and act quickly.


The Museum is pleased to offer visitors an electric vehicle (EV) charging station, courtesy of Vector. The charger is located at the southern end of the Museum, with two reserved carparks for the use of the station. The service is free of charge and part of the Museum’s commitment to sustainability.


In 2014 the Museum installed 189 solar panels on the Eastern and Western sides of the Museum roof, making it one of the largest grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) installations in the country. The amount of renewable energy generated by the panels (65,000 kwh per year) is equvilent to the power consumed by around eight average households. Click here to see the Museum's solar generation at work today.


Auckland Museum were the first museum nationally to sign the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment as part of TIANZ. This commitment aims to ensure economic, environmental, social sustainability as part of the tourism industry.