Fossil fuel use, sponsorship and investment

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Dear Board of Trustees of the Science Museum,

Please could you tell me:

If you currently receive or in future plan to receive any sponsorship from fossil fuel companies?

If you have any investments (either through pension plans, direct investments or other) in fossil fuel companies and if so if you plan to divest from these and when.

If you source your electricity from renewables and if you plan to change this and when.

Many thanks

Yours faithfully,

Cheryl Hall

Freedom of Information \(SCM\), Science Museum Group

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Dear Cheryl Hall,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information enquiry dated 29^th October
regarding the Science Museum’s sponsorships and investments. If I may I
will address your points in turn:

 

 1. If you currently receive or in future plan to receive any sponsorship
from fossil fuel companies?

 

This information is freely accessible on the Museum’s website. A
comprehensive list of the Museum sponsors can be found the Museum’s Annual
Report and Accounts which can be accessed on the link below. Any future
sponsorship’s would also be listed on the Science Museum’s website in the
same way existing sponsors are.

[1]http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/about_us...

 

There are currently no pledges of money from new fossil fuel companies. 
As we are constantly looking for new funders we will of course be
contacting a variety of potential sponsors as we fundraise for each
project/exhibition/gallery, so the situation could change at any time. All
new funders will be listed in the Annual Report and Accounts as noted
above.

 

 2. If you have any investments (either through pension plans, direct
investments or other) in fossil fuel companies and if so if you plan
to divest from these and when.

 

We do not hold any direct investments, other than deposit accounts. The
Science Museum Group does not operate a pension fund, but our staff are
members of the following pension funds, details of their investment
policies of these funds should be publicly available:

·         Principle Civil Service Pension Scheme

·         Greater Manchester Pension Fund

·         Aviva Group Personal Pension Scheme

·         Now Pensions Auto Enrolment Scheme

 

 

 3. If you source your electricity from renewables and if you plan to
change this and when.

 

We currently procure our electricity supply through a consortium set up as
a not for profit enterprise to get best value for a group of museums and
academic institutions – this consortium is called ‘The Energy Consortium’
see [2]http://www.energyconsortium.org.uk/ for more details. While the
bulk of our electricity is sourced from this organisation, we do invest in
renewable and on site generation technologies. The CHP system used in the
Science Museum was a very early (installed in 2000) example of this
technology being used in a public building. Additionally we have installed
solar panels in both London, and Shildon and are looking to increase the
generating capacity of these over the coming years. At the Wroughton site
we have been operating two biomass (wood pellet) heating boilers since
2007 and are looking at further biomass CHP for our storage facilities,
alongside a large scale ground mounted PV system. The Group’s commitment
to using renewables and to reducing energy demand remains a driving
principle for the organisation.

 

I trust this information is of some use to you.

 

Kind regards,

 

Heena Rabadia

Corporate Information Officer (Paternity Cover)
SMG

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Dear Heena

Many thanks for the information

Yours sincerely,

Cheryl Hall

Freedom of Information \(SCM\), Science Museum Group

Dear Sir/Madam
Thank you for your email.
Your enquiry has been received by our Corporate Information and Enquiries
Officer and will be dealt with as described below:

Freedom of Information Act Requests:
If you have made an enquiry under the terms of the Freedom of Information
Act (2000) the Museum will review, research and respond to your enquiry
within the 20 working days afforded to us by the Act.

Enquiries Regarding our Objects:
If you have made an enquiry regarding an object from within our collection
we will endeavour to review, research and respond to your enquiry within
20 working days.

Offers of Objects:
If you have written to offer an object to the museum, we are very grateful
for your support and interest in the Science Museum.

All offers are collated and presented to the curators of the Science
Museum at their monthly curatorial meeting where the offers are considered
and it is determined which objects should be accepted. Accordingly, should
we wish to proceed with your offer, we will contact you within 6 weeks of
the date of receipt of your offer.

If you have not received a response from us within 6 weeks, please assume
that, on this occasion, we are unable to accept your generous offer.

Meetings with Curators/Other Science Museum Personnel:
If you have requested to meet with or speak to one of the Science Museum’s
curators, or other member of Science Museum staff, we will endeavour to
contact you within 20 working days.

Thank you for your interest in the Science Museum.
Kind regards
Corporate Information and Enquiries Manager:
NMSI

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