Museums and Sustainability

NEMO encourages and supports museums to do their part and actively contribute to a more sustainable future. We advocate for stakeholders to fully recognise the potential of museums as allies in the sustainable transition. Explore our resources, webinars and what we do for sustainability and climate action.

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NEMO members joined training on sustainable…

From 22-25 April 2024, six persons connected to NEMO member organisations had the opportunity to participate in the ENCATC Academy on Sustainable Cultural Management and Policy in Lille, France, thanks to a partnership between…

Explore collection of heritage-related resources

The recently launched digital repository the Heritage Library offers a rich and multilingual collection of heritage-related…

Secure final spots to NEMO training on using…

NEMO has extended the deadline until 28 April for applications to the online workshop series "Museums for sustainable development: Join the dots, tell the story" to fill the final few spots. José Luiz Pederzoli Jr., ICCROM, and…


What NEMO does

NEMO wants to make sure that museums are recognised and supported by EU policy makers for the work they do to contribute to a sustainable future by:

  1. Advocating for the instrumental role of museums in providing opportunities for decent work, poverty reduction, social resilience, gender equality and other aspects relevant to the SDGs.
  2. Illustrating how museums and creative industries contribute to the realisation of development targets by providing solutions in urban and rural, European national and local contexts.
  3. Providing information about the different approaches that museums in Europe and around the world are taking to contribute to the Green Deal and help make the world more sustainable in the future.
  4. Encouraging co-operation between museums and other players to form strong alliances reaching out to global citizens at every level.
  5. The NEMO Working Group Sustainability and Climate Action contributes to the sustainable development of European museums through research and advocacy and provides a space to exchange knowledge and experiences aligned with tackling the climate crisis. 
  6. NEMO is an active member of Museums for Future and the Climate Heritage Network, and works with a variety of organisations dedicated to climate action and sustainability to help bring the sector together, to align views and actions, and to support museums with a strong voice in their sustainable transition.

NEMO's advocacy actions

Report on museums and climate action

This report supports European museums in taking political action in the climate crisis. It helps museums fulfil their potential as partners with policy makers and community leaders in the sustainable transition. The report follows up on NEMO’s 2022 research and contributes to awareness within the sector and includes a 7-step guide that offers advice for museums to advocate for necessary support and funding.

Read the full report

Mapping of climate action

NEMO's interactive map demonstrates museums' strength in creating awareness, adapting, and fighting climate change. By joining forces, we can create a museum community that is actively steering the topic forward and show that museums can make an impact and difference for the planet. Please contribute via the form

More information

Latest NEMO resources on sustainability

NEMO’s statement on future sustainable museum collections

Videos and webinars

Resources from EU institutions

Resources from the wider sector

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