A new report from environmental consultancy Julie’s Bicycle for the Arts Council shows that…

“a core group of 136 arts organisations have been reporting energy use since 2012/13. The total kilowatts per hour they consume – of electricity, gas and on-site renewables – have dropped by 22% over the period. This includes a 9% decrease [in just the one year] between 2015/16 and 2016/17.”

So basically the big UK arts orgs have cut their bills by 22%, through energy efficiency measures. Apparently the reporting data was “robust”, not arts-wooly. So that’s pretty good, and presumably there may be more efficiencies to come.

However, one then has to consider the green ‘stealth taxes’ added by energy companies to quarterly bills. The Parliamentary Committee on Climate Change calculates there has been an 18% green stealth-tax for electric bill payers, which pays for useless wind-farms and bio-fuel schemes. That comes in addition to the huge 120%+ energy price rises seen since 2000. The same Committee forecasts that the UK’s energy-intensive industrial sectors are overall set to see another “5.9%” rise in energy bills, due to the green ‘direct-to-the-bill’ stealth-taxes, by 2030.

Therefore, it seems to me that the arts probably need to find about another 8% saving, and then to maintain the resulting 30% savings total, if they’re to just-about come out ahead of the green stealth-taxes on bills by 2030. Still, they’re showing the UK that it can be done, which is something.