The National Football Museum is committed to lowering its environmental impact to create a sustainable future for everyone, and is one of the first museums in the country to receive an official Carbon Literacy Organisation (CLO) accreditation standard.

Our Carbon Reduction Plan aims to reduce the museum’s direct carbon emissions by 50% by 2025, and contributing to Manchester’s goal to be a zero carbon city by 2038.

There are a number of initiatives in place to reduce our environmental impact. These include:

  • Encouraging use of public transport by visitors and colleagues
  • Carbon literacy training for colleagues
  • Waste recycling
  • LED lighting upgrade programme
  • Sensor lighting and high tech temperature control systems
  • Upcycling exhibition materials into merchandise
  • Use of recycled / recyclable exhibition display materials
  • Recycled packaging
  • Reducing printed leaflets and promoting digital guides
  • Membership of GMAST (Greater Manchester Arts Sustainability Team)

If you would like any further information about our Low Carbon Plan, please email

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.

They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

The scope National Football Museum’s work directly supports eight of the UN SDGs:

3. Good health and wellbeing
4. Quality education
5. Gender equality
8. Decent work and economic growth
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
11. Sustainable cities and communities
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action