The Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Autonomous Regional Government of Catalonia this July awarded its environmental quality assurance hallmark to four museums belonging to the Territorial Network of the Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC): the mNACTEC, the Cork Museum in Palafrugell, the Ecomuseu-Flour Mill in Castelló d’Empúries and the Museum of Technology of Manresa.
Following the awarding of the former, there are now six museums belonging to the mNACTEC Territorial Network to hold the certification, as it was awarded in 2014 to the Vidal Colony Museum in Puig-reig and to the Mining Museum of Cercs.
The mNACTEC is the first national museum to obtain this environmental quality certificate.
The hallmark: promoting eco-efficiency and sustainability
The environmental quality assurance hallmark is a green labelling system for products and services intended to encourage the design, production, marketing, use and consumption of products that offer an environmental quality that goes beyond the legally established requirements.
In the cultural facilities category, the main aim of the hallmark is to promote and acknowledge eco-efficiency and sustainability in the planning, presentation and management of cultural facilities. The idea is to minimise environmental impact and encourage sustainable development beyond the requirements derived from compliance with the regulations in force, and to assist the supervisors and managers of such facilities in compiling the data allowing them to ascertain the status of their facility and improve its management.
The environmental criteria for the awarding of the environmental quality assurance hallmark to cultural facilities are divided into nine sections, with mandatory criteria and optional criteria:
The mNACTEC Territorial Network is a network of 26 distinctive and independent museum centres explaining the industrial productive processes around the Catalan region