Dragons slay fuel emissions as part of BBC commitment to improve sustainable production process

Date: 24.08.2014     Last updated: 24.08.2014 at 00.30
Category: BBC Two; Corporate
  • Dragons’ Den, which airs tonight at 8pm, saves over 1,000kg CO₂ emissions by car sharing or use of public transport
  • Deborah Meaden hails sustainable approach as “good business sense”

This series of Dragons’ Den goes green, with cast and crew going the extra mile to drive carbon emissions down.

Multimillionaire investors Deborah Meaden, Piers Linney, Duncan Bannatyne, Kelly Hoppen and Peter Jones ditched their cars while travelling to and from the show, opting to share with fellow Dragons or take public transport.

The combined efforts of both cast and crew fuelled a cut in the BBC Two programme’s travel footprint, saving over 1,000kg of CO₂ emissions while the series was in production.

Long standing investor Deborah Meaden said: “Sharing a car with the other Dragons every night is the best kind of being green, saving carbon and being sociable.

“Everyone on Dragons’ Den does their bit for the environment, in fact I’m proud to say we produced the show one week entirely with solar power. Waste is just bad business sense and cutting it does not cut quality.”

Tonight’s episode of Dragon’s Den is on BBC Two at 8pm before taking a break until January when the second half of series 12 will be shown.

Notes to Editors

Deborah Meaden explains more about her commitment to sustainability here

The BBC is committed to continually improving its sustainable production processes. Six BBC programmes – From There To Here, Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Children’s programmes All at Sea, The 4 O’Clock Club and Swashbuckle – have been awarded the albert + mark, a certification scheme which encourages productions to make programmes in a more sustainable way.

BBC One programme From There To Here, starring Philip Glenister, sourced props and costumes from local charities and returned them after filming. CBBC production, All At Sea, reduced waste and saved money by using rechargeable batteries and introducing an opt-in policy for scripts, cutting paper use by 60%.

Learn more about sustainable production at the BBC in the BBC’s Corporate Responsibility Performance Review

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