The arts to shape a sustainable Scotland

November 25, 2013

Creative Carbon Scotland_editedCreative Scotland have announced that it will invite arts, screen and creative industries organisations to report their carbon emissions as part of its contribution to achieving Scotland’s climate change targets. As a Public Body, Creative Scotland is updating its own environmental sustainability policy. From 1 April 2014 it will measure its own carbon emissions and ask organisations and individuals that it funds to provide information about their own environmental impacts.

At the recent event Imagine a Different Future: The Arts Shaping a sustainable Scotland a new training programme was publicised for arts organisations that want to measure, report and reduce their carbon emissions. Free workshops throughout Scotland will be available from January to March 2014, providing the tools and knowledge to measure and reduce carbon emissions from energy, water, waste and travel. Find out more about training dates for 2014 here

Creative Carbon Scotland’s Director Ben Twist said they strongly supported Creative Scotland’s decision to introduce carbon measurement and reporting, as the evidence is clear that measuring is the essential first step to reducing carbon emissions. Recent reports show that climate change is affecting us all. Scotland has world leading targets to reduce its carbon emissions and we think the arts should be at the heart of this. They are therefore working with Creative Scotland to make this reporting as easy as possible for organisation to reduce their carbon emissions.

Creative Carbon Scotland already works with 70 arts organisations, from Edinburgh’s Festivals to theatres and galleries, to help reduce their carbon emissions and save energy and money.

Green production training November deadline approaches

November 6, 2013

Greenshoot logoYou only have till 12 November 2013 to get your applications in for a ground breaking new training programme for entry level production runners & production technicians with one year’s experience.

Candidates should be interested in adding valuable experience in environmental best practice, stewardship and production skills. Post training, you will gain certifiable green production credentials to offer on set and on location as well as the production office and art departments. The training programme will be a unique opportunity to gain insight and skills to be a core asset to any future production.

This scheme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the National Lottery via the BFI, and through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF).

For more information on how to apply today visit

Focus on sustainability lights up London Film Festival

October 17, 2013

DSC_8856_EDITEDTalk of collaboration and partnerships were the key words of the morning as Livia Firth, Founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age opened Focus of Sustainability, part of the 57th BFI London Film Festival Industry Programme. Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI followed outlining how the BFI, working with BAFTA are trying to stimulate the environmental sustainability of the UK film industry.

The event included a panel discussion and Q&A with representatives from across the film industry, including Pinewood Studio, 3 Mills Studio, Filming Scotland, Greenshoot, Creative Skillset and Albert discussed best practice, the challenges ahead and outlining what tools and resources can help.

Livia offered an interesting anecdote that rang very true. Within sustainability, many people and organisations are doing something, often a lot of good things, but we now need to join up all these dots to complete the picture and communicate this story so others will follow.

You might be interested to view a message of support from Colin Firth, Eco-age’s Co-founder here and the presentation from the event here.

Amanda Nevill on why sustainability matters

October 16, 2013

Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive of the BFI, recently spoke to the Institute of Directors about why environmental sustainability matters to all businesses.

Amanda comments on what could be achieved if film really takes sustainability into its heart, as film’s high profile status could really help can help spread the word with this important message. GreeningFilm also gets a mention, in addition to many of our valued partners, so do have a watch…

This work with the Institute of Directors is part of a series of interviews available on the newly launched sustainable business zone here

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SXSW Eco hit the sustainability circuit with a bang

SXSW Eco logoFollowing a fantastic second year in 2012, SXSW Eco quickly become a significant connector for professionals working to solve the complex challenges facing civil society, the economy and the natural world. Hosting an international audience of thought leaders and decision makers, this three-day event serves as the platform to evolve these critical matters towards actionable and profitable solutions.

This year over 250 speakers  participated in more than 100 sessions that encourage cross-sector collaboration between professionals from business, government, academia, and non-profit organisations. Each day of programming began with a Morning Wake Up Call, which highlights the trends driving progress in sustainability across multiple industries, and continues with special presentations from the 2013 Keynotes and Distinguished Speakers.

One of the hot topics of 2013 was how can the media do a better job reporting on the rapidly growing problem of climate change. Some of the country’s leading climate journalists came together John Metcalfe (The Atlantic Cities), Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian), Phil Plait (Slate) and Huffington Post’s Kate Sheppard to discuss the current state of climate change coverage in the media, or lack thereof, as the Obama administration ramps up discussion of the global issue and news outlets paradoxically scale back environmental coverage.



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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