Sustainable production

Talk of carbon footprints and environmental damage is common these days, and not just as topics on the news. For the past five years, the BBC, along with its sustainability partners in the BAFTA Albert Consortium, has been working towards reducing its impact on the environment. We examine what that means for TV programme makers on a practical level.

For programme makers, reducing our impact on the environment means reducing our emissions from energy and transport, minimising water consumption, cutting waste and re-using/recycling as much as we can. But it also means taking as much care over HOW our programmes are made as their quality. We call it Sustainable Production - programmes made with as little negative impact on the environment as possible. As green champion, entrepreneur and BBC Dragon Deborah Meaden explains, programme makers can lead the world on-screen in the programmes they make, and help save the planet behind the scenes in the way their productions are managed.

"Your programmes should lead the world on-screen and behind the scenes help to save it." – Deborah Meaden

This film shows how producers from shows as diverse as Antiques Roadshow, DIY SOS, the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, and BBC Nature’s Great Bear Stakeout have taken a lead in establishing the environmental credentials on their productions, using inspiration and practical ideas to make their own productions greener, save costs, and without causing disruption.

Producers can also be proactive in cutting their carbon footprint, and we show how using tools like Albert can help measure the carbon value associated with all elements of your production and track how your production is doing.  BBC production teams can also take advantage of Beebcycle, the BBC recycling website for passing on unwanted production items that can be re-used by other departments.    

All these elements can help the BBC hit its environmental targets. As producer Clare Bennett puts it, the producer is the one person who can have real influence, and often at no real cost to themselves, proving that, contrary to popular opinion, it is “ridiculously easy” being green.