1 hour of TV

To coincide with this year’s Focus event, Jo wrote a piece regarding the current state of sustainability in our industry for the event brochure. It’s also been added to The Location Guide’s website – you can read the full article here.


The topics of sustainability and manmade climate change have become commonplace in the discourse of business, politics and general everyday life, and our industry is no exception. Many people are now aware of the two-degree figure: the temperature increase we must not go beyond, in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. Right now, we have around 15-20 years to rapidly decarbonise before that figure is reached. One of the most prolific industry bodies to take a stand with sustainability is BAFTA, through their support of the albert initiative. The team at albert are making great strides in having their carbon calculation tool be common place both on UK film and TV productions, and around the world. Since it’s introduction around seven years ago, over 3,000 carbon footprints have been completed and the team have a good understanding of the industry’s impact on the environment. On average, one hour of broadcast TV will have generated 12.9 tonnes of carbon emissions from production through to transmission. To put that into perspective, the average yearly footprint of a UK citizen is around 12-14 tonnes. We also know that independent production companies alone produce over 20,000 hours of TV in the UK every year! Now that’s a big impact.


To help raise awareness of the tools and resources available in the UK, myself as Founder of Adgreen, and Aaron Matthews, albert’s Industry Sustainability Manager attended this year’s FOCUS event. As part of our involvement we ran a workshop and hosted a Green Zone, dedicated to showcasing suppliers offering greener products and services. Events such as FOCUS allow us to show people what they can do in order to reduce the impact of their shoot.

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