Greeningfilm, run by the British Film Institute (BFI), aims to help professionals working in every part of the film industry – studios, locations, distribution, exhibition, special effects, post-production and archives – implement a sustainable strategy as part of their ongoing activity for environmental, ethical and economic reasons.
At Greeningfilm we are passionate about film and sustainability, and wanted to create a resource to show how the industry can reduce its environmental impact.
What is ‘sustainability’?
BS 8909 uses the most widely adopted definition of sustainability, that of the Brundtland Commission: “sustainable development is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
In practice, sustainable behaviour takes three areas into consideration: social, financial and environmental. Sustainability can therefore be considered to be an enduring, balanced approach to economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress. To improve their sustainability performance, organizations must safeguard social, environmental and economic resources and must not take more out of the planet than the planet can renew.
BFI’s Sustainability Management System
As the lead body for film in the UK, the BFI embraces best practice and takes seriously its responsibility to co-ordinate a UK-wide sustainability strategy for all parts of the film sector in the UK. This includes adopting BS 8909, the new British Standard for sustainability in film that was announced in 2011, and actively encourage other film organisations to do the same. To achieve sustainable development we will ensure we have a balanced approach to economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress. A co-ordinated approach to sustainability using BS 8909 will help us all meet UK carbon targets and will lead to greater efficiencies and long-term savings.