Ideas for Distribution


“New technologies mean the film industry is in a strong position to enhance its energy efficiency, gain a competitive edge and provide a lead that others can follow.”

Mark Batey, Chief Executive of the Film Distributors’ Association

The shift from analogue to digital is dramatically reducing the environmental impact of film distribution by getting rid of the need to haul heavy cans of film from labs to cinemas, even though many digital projectors use far more power than their analogue predecessors.

But analogue film prints are likely to be with us for a long time to come and pose issues around the re-use and re cycling of disks, reels and cans and in connection with the disposals of chemical and physical waste associated with film prints.

Film distributors are responsible for the materials used in advertising and marketing promotions, for street hoardings to foyer displays.   Minimising waste, maximising re-use and recycling helps reduce emissions and costs. offers useful advice.

Fans of Film’s ‘Green Film Club’ provides information about ideas for low-impact and alternative distribution schemes in the US –

The Standard BS 8909 was trialled for the distribution sector by Dogwoof. Download the case study here.

Back to top


A recent study estimated that screen production (film and TV) in London alone produces 125,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.


Work with your colleagues at work. Together you can make simple changes.


Sign up if you want to hear about green developments in film