BS 8909 Requirements


Oscar winner Colin Firth, who is fully behind the new British Standard said, “BS 8909 is an exciting step forward – it gives the film industry a robust framework for managing our social and environmental impacts.”

BS 8909 sets out the requirements to enable users to implement and run a system that manages their environmental, social and financial risks and impacts. Initiated by the UK Film Council under the auspices of BSI (the British Standards Institution) and is now championed by the new lead organisation for film in the UK, the British Film Institute. The Standard was developed by a committee with representation from across the film industry (production, distribution, exhibition, facilities, sales, archive, trades unions) and sustainability expertise. A wide range of industry bodies were invited to comment on the draft before it was published.

BS 8909 can help organisations to:

  • Take stock of their environmental impacts such as carbon footprint, waste management, and effects on biodiversity;social impacts such as community involvement and fair employment; and economic impacts such as local investment and long-term viability
  • Meet legal requirements
  • Plan more effectively and use resources more efficiently
  • Improve and demonstrate improved sustainability performance within available budgets

BS 8909 guidelines are available here

The Standard can be purchased here

BS 8909 is designed to work well with carbon footprinting tools. Carbon footprint calculator for film / TV productions: use Albert (the BAFTA-BBC tool specifically designed for productions): Carbon footprint calculator for other film organisations/activities e.g.



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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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