Over the past decade, the museum has worked hard to make its day-to-day operations more sustainable and environmentally conscious.
Museums require large amounts of energy - only hospitals consume more. Museums are difficult places to air condition, with large open spaces and constantly opening doors through which climaticised air can escape and unconditioned outside air can enter. Most of the energy used by museums goes toward climate control, for both the comfort of visitors and the preservation of objects on display and in storage.
During the last ten years, the museum has developed and implemented various strategies to reduce energy and water consumption and its overall carbon footprint. As a result, the museum now consumes about 22 per cent less electricity than it did ten years ago, and 27 per cent less water than it did three years ago – even though the museum’s visitor numbers have increased by 88 per cent in the decade since 2008.