BFI & Sustainable Development


In its new Plan 2012-2017 Film Forever – Supporting UK Film, the BFI has made a public commitment to sustainable development and is championing the new British Standard for sustainable film, BS 8909. 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.

Helped by the BFI launch of the new British Standard for sustainable film (BS 8909) at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2011, sustainability for the film industry has never enjoyed a higher profile. The BFI has since developed an external sustainability strategy, and set up an external stakeholders group with representatives from across the industry, which champions the implementation of best practice BS 8909 supported by the BBC-BAFTA production carbon footprint tool, Albert.

At the BS 8909 launch event, Amanda Nevill, Director of the British Film Institute (BFI) stated “British Standard 8909 will provide the framework for BFI to manage our environmental, social and economic impacts on an on-going basis.”  Eco Consultancy was subsequently commissioned to develop, and support the implementation of, a BS 8909-specified sustainability management system (SMS) across all BFI activities, to position the BFI as a leader in sustainability and to ensure integration of sustainability with the new BFI five year Plan.

The BFI will continue to work collaborately with partners both in the UK and internationally, to achieve its sustainability goal.


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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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