Green The Screen at BAFTA

On the 10th of April the BAFTA albert Consortium summed up 5 years of their sustainability work in film and television. Over 40 people gathered in The Princess Anne Theatre for the event, including representatives from Pinewood Studios, British Paté, Green Kit, BBC Worldwide among others. The panel of speakers was even more impressive. Contributors included Richard Smith (BBC), Gillian Lobo (ClientEarth), Debbie Manners (Keo Films), Suzanna Dolan (BBC, Eastenders), John Robertson (Lime Pictures) and Jeremy Mathieu (albert International Manager). The event was presented by Steve Smith- Chair of Directors UK.
The scope of the event was BAFTA albert Consortium’s strategic vision for environmentally sustainable TV and film industries, what has been achieved to date and how the industry can act to lessen its environmental impact.
So here are some highlights we found most interesting and most memorable:

1. Did you know that on the set of Hollyoaks staff can take home used parts of set design?
Lime Pictures have been successfully running a repurposing scheme where talent and crew are encouraged to take home anything they fancy before it all gets recycled.

2. Suzanna Dolan shared clips from Eastenders where sustainability is written into the script itself. Eastenders reach a wast audience with their message of promoting home recycling, smart energy meters and reusable coffee cups.

3. While on the subject of coffee cups; after a great success of their show ‘Hugh’s War on Waste’ K.E.O Films have something even more powerful in the pipeline. The trailer alone makes quite the impact.

4. Many questions where asked around the subject of sustainable catering, both on set and in production offices. There are some good news and some bad news. It has been proven that where there’s will there is a way and producers often request caterers to provide reusable plates, remove plastic bottles and use only reusable cutlery. On the other hand staffers will not be easily persuaded to forfeit meat for even one day a week.

5. And the best for last.  BAFTA albert Consortium are working with the BFI and Directors UK to roll out sustainability initiatives and Carbon Literacy training in the film industry. The next step for albert calculator is the addition of international production calculations.

 

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Industry Profile: Green Spark Group

Green Spark Group is a consultancy group based in British Columbia, dedicated to sustainable practice within the film industry. The company helps implement green production methods and most notably consulted for 21st Century Fox on the set of The X-Files. The new series was filmed in 40 individual locations across British Columbia. Each location required lengthy transportation, long shooting hours, elaborate set construction and extensive electricity and fuel usage. Thanks to the knowledge and expertise Zena Harris, the president of Green Spark Group, the production managed to avoid over 33 tonnes on CO2 emissions and divert 81% of their waste from the landfill. They also recycled 100% of the metal and aluminium used on set.

Harris consulted with each department and used Green Production Guide‘s calculator to asses the environmental impact of The X-Files. But the most impressive achievement , in our opinion, was the recycling of 35.5 tons of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam and returning 5 additional tons to the vendor. This made The X-Files one of the first Hollywood productions to address this industry-wide sustainability issue. Foam in notorious for being difficult to recycle with many weldors refusing to take any foam contaminated with paint, metal wires or glue. Here, the crew worked with Blue Planet and Keep it Green Recycling to successfully meet this challenge and generate over $1000 cost savings.

The Green Spark Group vision is, in their own words :  ‘To elevate the role of sustainable production and for all shows, regardless of size or genre, and entertainment organisations to integrate sustainable practices as a normal part of daily operations.’

 

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Small changes- big difference

How much carbon footprint is in a can of beer? Not literally but you know, production, transportation, refrigeration of the stuff. And container production, recycling, transport again…how costly is our indulgence? And can a personal choice of drink even make a difference?

As a company we try to find out what we can do to make a difference so here is some data for consideration:

330-mL can of Coca-Cola sold in Great Britain has a carbon footprint of 170g

330-mL can of Diet Coke or Coke Zero has a footprint of 150g since it doesn’t contain sugar. Cans are sturdy and the UK recycles about 57% of aluminium cans in circulation.

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