This statement outlines the Yorkshire Air Museum’s current environmental commitments to ensure the Museum’s long term sustainability.
The Yorkshire Air Museum acknowledges its environmental responsibilities and is proactive in lowering its carbon output where ever possible. It is continually looking for ways to become ever more sustainable in day to day operations in both resource use and procurement.
The Museum widely recycles across five departments (paper/cardboard/plastic bottles) and has adopted the practice of ensuring lights are off in rooms when they are not in use. Some of our exhibition rooms contain automatic lights and the large powerful LED lights are switched off in the Canadian Memorial Hangar between May through to the end of September.
Paper use in the Administration Office has also been reduced in terms of printing only where necessary and recycling waste paper. Furthermore, we no longer use polystyrene cups for teas and coffees in the office, we now use porcelain cups.
The Museum is also mindful to source materials/contractors from businesses within the York area which ensures fewer miles travelled therefore reduced carbon emissions (of course this also has the added benefit of supporting the local/regional economy). The stationery used in the Main Office/Admissions and Guides office is procured through two suppliers that both have robust and well established environmental sustainability policies.
The Museum estate also manages a six acre woodland habitat in line with environmental bodies who assist in preserving and enhancing the biodiversity of the natural environment in a sustainable way. Material generated from pruning is to be retained for invertebrate stacks and hotels. The wood is open to all visitors to the Museum and it plays a crucial role in engaging visitors with the importance of environmental work and the associated health benefits.
Furthermore the Museum’s fleet of seven live aircraft are fuelled with Jet – A1 fuel (standard kerosene blended with renewable hydrocarbon) making the running of our fleet more sustainable with fewer emissions.
This statement is by no means an exhaustive listing of our environmental commitments and we are always looking for new methods of driving down our emission output. The statement will be updated as the Museum’s environmental programme gradually evolves.