As professional archaeologists we know that the study of past societies teaches us about human impact on the environment and the consequences of change over millennia. This matters just as much today as it did in the past and Cotswold Archaeology is committed to initiatives that advance environmental, economic, and social sustainability for current and future generations.

We endorse a sustainable approach to our cultural heritage and use our professional expertise to balance the preservation of the most important aspects of our heritage with society’s current and future needs. We support the principle of sustainable development and our Corporate Mission and Objectives directly align with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11.4: Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

It is our ambition to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050 at the latest. We are a member of the Climate Heritage Network through which we work collaboratively with our peers and stakeholders to develop, implement and enhance the climate action agenda in the heritage sector.

Our Sustainability Policy concentrates on the areas where Cotswold Archaeology can make the most positive contributions to environmental, economic and social sustainability.

We took a big step forward in 2023 with adoption of a Carbon Reduction Plan. This measured our Carbon Footprint for 2022/23 and we have used that as a springboard for our Action Plan which covers the period to 2027. The initiatives contained in the Plan are setting us on the path to achieve our Net Zero goal. You can read a summary of our Carbon Reduction Plan here.