Vrak – Museum of Wrecks wants to demonstrate how humans have impacted and are impacted by the environment in and around the Baltic Sea. Collaboration with institutions and businesses in Sweden and the countries around the Baltic Sea is fundamental to the museum’s success and strengthens the sustainable development of our shared sea.
For us, it is obvious that a new museum like ours should have sustainability integrated in all operations and decisions. The museum is always seeking ways to find qualitative, long-term solutions to reduce climate impact. For one, the museum’s objects – the wrecks whose stories we tell – remain on the bottom of the sea, which saves many resources.
How we keep Royal Djurgården green
Vrak – Museum of Wrecks is part of Royal Djurgården, a national city park consisting almost exclusively of museums, restaurants and attractions on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm. The museum actively participates in improving the conditions for a sustainable Djurgården. We would like to make it easy for the 15 million people who visit Djurgården every year to reach us using environmentally friendly public transport and to encourage visitors not to use disposable items.
Concrete measures the museum takes to protect the environment include:
- Leaving the wrecks on the sea floor and not salvaging them
- Reusing historical buildings
- Reducing transport related to the museum's construction
- Sorting 95% of our construction waste
- Preparing to use solar cells on the museum's roof.
Environmental certification at all national maritime museums
Vrak – Museum of Wrecks is part of the Swedish National Maritime and Transport Museums, which also include the Vasa Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the National Naval Museum and the National Railway Museum.
All of the museums strive to use sustainable materials and methods, and all are certified in accordance with the international standard ISO 14001. This is an environmental management system that includes audits of organisations’ environmental performance. Each year, new environmental targets are set.