Commerical drivers


Just like every other industry, the film business faces rising energy and waste disposal costs.

Studios, location specialists, distributors, exhibitors, facilities houses, post-production and special effects companies, and archives are all finding that they can reduce their costs when they take measures to reduce their environmental impact.

Of course, obvious common sense measures like turning off lights and PCs at the end of the day help but companies that are serious about reducing their environmental impact – and their costs – start by getting an audit to find out what their impact is, where it’s greatest and where it’s easiest to reduce.  There are many organisations that offer audit services but a good place to start is the Carbon Trust which provides business and the public sector with expert advice and finance on carbon reduction.  Green Screen London, working with Film London and the London Mayor’s Office has developed a ‘carbon calculator’ that allows you to estimate the carbon impact of different areas of activity involved in film production.  You can download the calculator at or at

As standards rise (see ‘Legal drivers’) and as more film professionals and film investors get serious about going green, production facilities that can show they’re ahead of the game in reducing their impact will find themselves at a competitive advantage.

The UK Film Council is working with a wide spread of industry bodies to develop measurable and accredited standards for sustainability.  In time the UK Film Council intends to make compliance with these standards a mandatory condition for any financial support.

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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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