How we're tackling climate change

How we're tackling climate change

People planting trees
Volunteers and children from Longford primary school in Coventry plant trees as part of the Million Tree Project. Credit: Sikh Union Coventry
In our corporate plan we have committed to play our part in tackling climate change – both within our organisation and in our grant giving.

Climate change is already impacting our society, our natural environment and our heritage.

We want all the projects we fund to reduce the effects of climate change, assist places and people to adapt to our changing planet, and to support nature’s recovery across the UK.

Organisational change

We are working together with our sector partners to take action. Read our joint statement.

As an organisation, The National Lottery Heritage Fund will reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030. We are beginning by decarbonising our offices, travel and waste.

So far we have:

  • recruited a Climate Change Manager to steer our approach 
  • established the Green Impact Scheme for staff 
  • taken a “rail first” approach to travel
  • increased our use of electric and hybrid cars for journeys where public transport isn’t available 
  • expanded our Cycle to Work scheme 
  • provided in-house training to support sustainable decision making 
  • embedded energy efficiency into the decision-making process for office spaces 

Over the next 12 months we will be developing our environmental strategy which will outline our approach to tackling climate change.

We publish our environmental impact each year as part of our annual reports and accounts.

Grant giving and climate change

We factor the environmental impact of all projects – not just of landscape and nature projects – into our decision making. 

To reach our environmental sustainability requirement, we expect all kinds of heritage project, large and small, to:

  • limit any potential damage on the environment
  • make a positive impact on the environment and particularly for nature

Read our environmental sustainability guidance.

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