Back in 1998 the Museums Association (MA) agreed on a formal definition “museums enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment …… they collect, safeguard and make accessible artefacts and specimens, which they hold in trust for society “.
With the official UK statistics showing us that in 2012/3 the national museums alone had almost 50m visitors - an increase of 68% over the 2005/6 numbers - we can see how vital museums are to our lives, as well as providing a substantial boost to the economy.
At the recent international conference for IAMFA members that was held in Scotland, there were many museum facility administrators in attendance from all over the world and a lot of worthy topics for discussion, that included energy use and carbon footprints. With museums and galleries often emitting over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 per building per annum – which is the 3rd highest for public buildings after hospitals and prisons – there are many opportunities for pumps to help to considerably impact on these figures.
This was certainly the case when Jack Plumb spoke to Grundfos Pumps a few years ago about the situation with the National Library of Scotland where he is the Head of Estates. This resulted in many Grundfos TPED energy efficient pumps being installed which have enabled the Library to significantly reduce energy as well as using these pumps to further benchmark their systems.
The conference has been recognised as a great success and the delegates have taken away much more than conference packs but also ideas about how Grundfos pumps can improve their operational costs and their emissions – a true win/win situation.