A carbon footprint for the UK Film Industry

March 3, 2015

At the recent Greening the Screen 2015 event held by BFI and BAFTA, the size of carbon footprints was of course up for discussion. The panellists, who represented both film and television production, discussed their experiences and shared useful tips such as using local crews, eliminating disposable water bottles and researching low-energy lighting solutions online.

The BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit provided an estimate of what the annual carbon footprint for UK film production might be, which they calculated at 149,760 CO2 tonnes. So if 1 tonne of CO2 would fill a cube the size of six double decker buses, or around the size of a semi-detached house on a typical suburban street, the footprint for UK film production would be around 900,000 double decker buses or a small town of semi-detached houses.

Another way to think about it is that the average UK citizen generates 7.5 tonnes of carbon per annum, while a film crew working on an 8-week shoot will on average generate 2.69 tonnes per crew member.

The good news is there’s clearly a great deal that we are doing to reduce our carbon footprint in film and TV production. The message is beginning to be embraced and as more and more productions think green we are moving ever closer to achieving an ecologically sustainable production sector.

Breakdown of carbon footprints for productions discussed at Greening the Screen 2015

Breakdown of carbon footprints for productions discussed at Greening the Screen 2015



A recent study estimated that screen production (film and TV) in London alone produces 125,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.


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