Museums and Sustainability

In September 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the aim of ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all by 2030. The European Union published its Green Deal in 2019 to outline the EU's plan to reach 0% carbon emission and be the first climate-neutral continent until 2050. NEMO is encouraging and helping museums do their part in the green transition and a sustainable future.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Encouraging co-operation between museums and other players to form strong alliances reaching out to global citizens at every level.
  • NEMO is an active contributor to Museums for Future, a member of the Climate Heritage Network, an ambassador to the European Climate Pact, and works with a variety of organisations dedicated to climate action and sustainability.

NEMO's actions

Survey on museums and climate change

On Earth Day 2022, NEMO launched a survey to evaluate the status quo of European museums’ journey towards sustainability in a time of climate emergency. With your input, NEMO will develop recommendations for policy makers and help steer the sector towards a sustainable future. We need to take action now to mitigate the damaging effects of climate change, lower carbon emissions and transition to sustainable solutions. Answers are accepted until 3 June 2022.

Take the survey

NEMO joins the Climate Heritage Network

Together with 70 other arts, culture and heritage organisations, the Climate Heritage Network works with the aim of showcasing the important role that arts, culture and heritage can play in achieving the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

More information

Latest news on museums and sustainability

NEMO survey on climate change and museums –...

On Earth Day 22 April 2022, the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) is launching a survey to evaluate the status quo of European museums’ transition and journey towards sustainability in a time of climate emergency....

Learn about sustainability from experts at...

From 27-30 April 2022, the ENCATC Academy on Sustainable Cultural Management takes place in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Parts of the training will be available online. As a partner of the Academy, NEMO members have access to...

Objects speak up for the climate in Museums...

Museums For Future invites museums across the world to take part in a solidarity action for the climate on 25 March 2022 - the Global Climate Strike. Take a stand on social media or in-house for our climate by letting your museum...


Our advocacy work for museums

NEMO liaises with European policy makers and EU Institutions in all areas relevant to museums. We produce recommendations and co-operate with partners in the European cultural field to make our demands heard. We also help our members to build successful advocacy campaigns and support museums to make an impact on various sectors.

Resources from EU institutions

Resources from the wider sector

Videos and webinars

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