RESOURCES

RESOURCES TO HELP YOU REDUCE PRODUCTION EMISSIONS

These resources are for those in the creative and production departments at agency level, production company teams, post-production companies and those working as a supplier or in the crew - look for the actions where you can make an impact. Short on time and prefer to come back to this later? Download our resources guide for everything in one place. 

 

GET THE MOST OUT OF THE RESOURCES

  • Take time to read everything through, following the links where necessary
  • Start working with the resources as early as possible on each project
  • Send the resources guide to heads of department and team members who will be supporting you
  • Be mindful of changes you could make beyond your current project - like switching to renewables for your space, opening an account with a more sustainable supplier, or creating a company policy to encourage permanent behaviour change

YOUR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE

This is a team effort. Whoever you are, you will only be able to do so much - the average production manager can only remove 15-20% of the carbon from a project’s carbon footprint. Do what you can, use your influence elsewhere, and offset what you are unable to remove using Creative Offsets. 

 

THE FOUR ACTIVITY AREAS

When a production’s footprint is being recorded, everything falls into one of four activity areas: transport, spaces (and how we power them, materials and disposal. Throughout the resources guide you’ll see each action point will reduce the impact in one of these areas. Reducing transport needs will often have the biggest impact, then energy needs for spaces, then materials, and finally disposal. 

CREATIVE TEAMS

Great creativity can be achieved on a reduced carbon budget - here are a few things to consider. You can also use script locations and props to promote and encourage sustainable behaviours - here are some examples to be discussed with the director/photographer and production designer at the earliest stage possible. 

PRODUCTION TEAMS

Whether at an agency or production company here are some key tips to get started. Select production partners and heads of department who are open to collaborating on carbon reduction, understand what they’re able to achieve, and add proposed offset costs to your budget. Stock footage/imagery will keep the carbon footprint down, as it’s already been created.

 

  • Work with creatives and directors/photographers to remove/rework carbon intensive script elements
  • Use local talent (cast and crew) and remote monitoring to reduce/remove the need for travel
  • Consider location distance, reducing where possible if you cannot monitor remotely
  • Use trains before planes, and hire/use/book electric and hybrid vehicles
  • Consider VFX before live product to avoid shipping transport
  • Power your own spaces with 100% renewable energy - see Creative Energy
  • Select suppliers, facility vehicles, studios and accommodation running on 100% renewable energy
  • Encourage reduced energy needs in the lighting dept., and alternative energy sources
  • Encourage generator suppliers to inform you of fuel litres used
  • Enquire as to whether your cloud storage and remote servers for short term storage are powered by 100% renewable energy - consider switching if not
  • Store long term, infrequently accessed data on LTO tape (two copies in two separate locations) to avoid carbon from cloud servers and consumption of hard drives
  • Encourage reduction of materials in art, costume, makeup and food styling depts
  • Discuss reuse/rehoming plans for any set build items, props, costume, food - aim for zero waste
  • Consider CG/VFX before set builds
  • Cut meat from the catering
  • Go paperless
  • Establish a no-poly policy in the catering, lighting and art departments
  • Avoid single use, and recycle/compost where possible

You may also like the general checklist for your office space and supplier contracts, as well as the template call sheet additions. See below for further support, and a list of questions to send the caterer and studio. 

POST-PRODUCTION SUPPLIERS

If you’re a post-production supplier, here are the priorities to think about:

  • Investigate remote attendance or local teams to avoid travel emissions
  • Discuss with production whether VFX could be used for product shots
  • Power your own spaces with 100% renewable energy - see Creative Energy
  • Make use of energy-efficient computers, render farms etc, reducing energy needs where possible
  • Enquire as to whether your cloud storage and remote servers for short term storage are powered by 100% renewable energy - consider switching if not
  • Store long term, infrequently accessed data on LTO tape (two copies in two separate locations) to avoid carbon from cloud servers and consumption of hard drives
  • Discuss with production whether VFX could be used for set builds

ACTIONS FOR ALL DEPARTMENTS

Take a look at the starting points that everyone can be thinking about, then find your specific department for more targeted advice. Again, planning is key - start as early as you can on each project and make sure all of your team members are aware of what you’re trying to achieve and how you’re going to support production. 

TEMPLATES & SUPPORT
There are other resources on the website to help you with each activity type:

There are also some template questions you can ask the studio and the caterer, plus a general checklist for your office space as well as some template call sheet additions. 

SUPPLIER LISTINGS

Our partners at BAFTA’s albert have done all the heavy lifting by compiling a list of sustainable suppliers serving those in advertising, TV and film production. The list can be filtered, making it even easier to find what you’re looking for - and if you know of a great sustainable supplier who’s not on the list, get in touch. 

Look out for those powered by 100% renewable energy, and those who offset their carbon emissions!

WHAT ELSE IS THERE?

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