Energy Management and Emissions Reduction

We have implemented processes to reduce our electricity usage, our greatest single source of carbon emissions, wherever possible. Energy reduction, along with an accelerated shift to renewable energy sources, is also high on the agenda of Arts Queensland, which manages the Queensland Cultural Centre. Arts Queensland has been instrumental in funding upgrades to our air-conditioning and plant equipment, as well as transitioning to LED lights in the galleries and staff areas. These upgrades have resulted in significant emissions reductions and cost savings.

Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning

Brisbane’s sub-tropical climate brings unique challenges for conserving the State’s art collection. Temperature and humidity control are energy intensive processes, however QAGOMA’s Conservation team has recently led an Australian agreement to broaden those temperature and humidity requirements for domestic lending of artwork. This means we can reduce energy usage while maintaining our artwork in optimal conditions.

Food and Beverage

We have replaced single-use plastics in all service areas with sustainable and compostable materials. Ingredients are sourced from local suppliers wherever possible to support Queensland businesses and minimise the environmental impact of freight.

Waste Operations

QAGOMA’s waste operations seek to divert waste from landfill at every opportunity. We donate, re-use and recycle most of the waste we produce during exhibition installations, and our carbon emissions reduction ambitions include progressive waste stream management strategies.

QAGOMA’s recycling streams include:

  • Nitrile gloves
  • Printer cartridges
  • Soft plastics
  • Batteries
  • E-waste
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Organics
  • Pens and markers
  • Polystyrene
  • Light bulbs
  • Demolition waste
The Bodhi Tree, Gallery of Modern Art/ Photograph: © QAGOMA

The Bodhi Tree, Gallery of Modern Art/ Photograph: © QAGOMA

We are committed to making sustainability a priority across every single thing we do. Upgrading our world class, and in some cases Heritage-listed, facilities has been a key part of this change. It’s a journey we are carefully measuring for improvement. For us, it’s about the whole of the Gallery being attuned to the priority of sustainability

Chris Saines, Director