It is the first museum in Spain to become an active member of the international community of art organizations working to reduce the environmental impact of the museum sector.


The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is an "Active Member" of the Gallery Climate Coalition (GCC), an international community of art organizations working to reduce environmental impacts in the museum sector. The GCC's main objective is to facilitate a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 as well as to promote zero waste. With this membership, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao becomes the first Spanish museum to be part of this community in which the most advanced international museums in the environmental field participate, such as MoMA or TATE.


GCC distinguishes as "Active Members" those institutions that meet a series of requirements related to environmental sustainability. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao meets the three conditions: the measurement of the carbon footprint for the years 2021 and 2022; the creation in 2021 of a Gu-Zero working group formed by people from different areas of the organization to inform, raise awareness and involve the staff, suppliers and social agents; and the publication in 2021 of a Strategic Framework for environmental sustainability aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.


The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is one of the first museums internationally to measure its carbon footprint including indirect emissions. Since 2019 it has been calculating the CO2 emissions from the transport of works of art and staff travel, and since 2021 it has also been measuring those involved in the manufacture of packaging for the art collections and the production of exhibitions. This calculation has made it possible to determine the impact on the environment and establish the objectives of the Sustainability Action Plan.


The 2023 Sustainability Action Plan includes various energy efficiency measures through the optimization of its facilities and technological upgrades. The organization is also actively working on reducing consumption, recycling materials and circular economy projects.

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