The Screen went Green

November 13, 2012

Photo caption: BAFTA/Ed Miller

There was encouraging news and many humorous reflections today at the BAFTA and BFI event Greening the Screen, hosted by Alistair McGowan and with speakers working across the film, television and games industries.

Kevin Price, COO of BAFTA and Tim Cagney COO of BFI took to the stage confirming their commitment to sustainability and the need for co-ordinated UK-wide efforts across the creative industries. Juhi Shareef (Eco Consultancy) gave an update on BS 8909, the Sustainability Management System for Film, followed by the details of the recently completed BFI Sustainability Review case study. Updates from Albert the television carbon calculator developed by the BBC, now led by BAFTA, reported 818 registered users, 266 carbon footprints created and plans to roll out the programme to the European television sector.

A strong panel representing the BBC, BskyB, Creative England, ITV, Microsoft, Sony and Warner Brothers, talked through their respective organisations efforts to implement sustainable practises, and how some obstacles could be overcome. The need for the development of sustainability training was clearly at the fore-front of many people’s minds and was an option being investigated by the BFI and Creative Skillset.

With lots of practical examples and  the sustainable suppliers trade fair offering advice on kick starting a more sustainable approach to work, hopefully everyone left with plenty of food for thought.

Watch the video of the event here

Information from the event is also available below:

Speaker and trade fair biographies

BS 8909 & Albert summaries

BS 8909 Case studies: Production (Greenshoot)   Development (Ealing Studios)    Exhibition (BFI)    Distribution (Doogwoof)

Juhi_Eco Consultancy_Greening the Screen presentation

Tim Cagney_BFI Greening the Screen presentation

For more information on sustainability activities at BAFTA:


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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