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The Touring Network builds digital tools to measure CO2 of rural touring

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The Touring Network (TTN) works to support, represent and develop professional live performances happening in small-scale venues across the Highlands & Islands. Across such a vast geographic area, from Shetland to Argyll and Perthshire to Skye, the carbon costs of touring to remote and varied locations can be significant – not only are distances great but transport and buildings infrastructure is also often limited.

In order to better understand the carbon impact of this vital cultural activity, they applied to Sustainable AmbITion, the green fund set up by Rudman Consulting’s digital development programme AmbITion Scotland for the creative industries in Scotland. TTN wanted to look at a range of factors that make up touring to rural locations including venues, transport, production and audiences. They worked alongside Comar on a single theatre tour playing 17 venues across the region and used a variety of calculations to look at each of these areas including audience return cards, energy meters and mileage totals.

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AmbITions for an environmentally sustainable future

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(A shorter version of this article appeared as a blog in The Guardian’s Culture Professionals Network.)

A huge body of science built up over the last 50 years proves that climate change is anthropogenic: human made. The balance of nature is being significantly affected by the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) humans and their industry have pumped into the atmosphere, and we have simultaneously chopped down the planet’s capacity to absorb the excess CO2. We’ve also exploited to peak points, without properly paying for, the earth’s natural but finite resources. The increase in global temperatures these actions have created affect the balance of nature: causing effects we are all too familiar with. The weather is that effect, operating as an alarm system. We can see it with our own eyes, but we are busy pretending we can not hear the alarm. Our growing population, and the consumerism of our populations is costing us the earth – our habitat.

What have the cultural and creative industries got to do with dealing with this rather appalling predicament? The energy, built environment, and transport sectors obviously have far greater impacts on a nation’s carbon footprint in comparison to the arts, cultural and creative industries. However, just because we are not seen as a significant part of the emissions/pollutant emitting and natural resource using problem, does not mean we should not be a significant player in the solution. We all know climate change is something we need to address.

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The Touring Network’s Tourbook: a case study in digital development

The Touring Network (formerly known as Performing Arts Network, or PAN) have worked with Rudman Consulting national programme AmbITion Scotland funds to develop Tourbook – an online social network for promoters and touring companies focusing on bringing work to remote geographical areas. Watch their fascinating case study to discover what implications and benefits and features the social network will enable!

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