All BBC TV programmes to track their carbon footprints

The BBC is an industry leader in sustainable television production, and the Albert scheme has played a large part in that. Making the calculator mandatory is a practical way to help production teams reduce their impact on the environment and to embed sustainable production values in all our shows.Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content
Date: 09.02.2017     Last updated: 09.02.2017 at 11.00
Category: Corporate
The BBC has announced that from April this year all of its TV programming within factual, comedy, drama, entertainment and daytime will have to track their carbon footprint using the Albert carbon calculator for TV production. This marks the BBC’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact and is part of its wider sustainability plan.

The Albert scheme aims to better understand the environmental impacts generated by programme production and to promote more sustainable ways of working. The scheme was devised by the BBC and is now managed by the BAFTA Albert Consortium. It has become a respected industry standard and has been adopted internationally.

Calculating an Albert footprint helps to identify where carbon hot spots are in the production process, informing best practice on how to reduce environmental impacts. Completion of a footprint is already the standard for the majority of BBC productions, made by both BBC Studios and independent production companies. The decision to make the scheme mandatory is supported by PACT, the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television and media companies and was backed by BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore.

Charlotte Moore says: “The BBC is an industry leader in sustainable television production, and the Albert scheme has played a large part in that. Making the calculator mandatory is a practical way to help production teams reduce their impact on the environment and to embed sustainable production values in all our shows”.

Max Rumney, Deputy CEO, PACT says: “Pact members understand the importance of transitioning their productions to environmental sustainability and welcome the BBC’s commitment to this goal by making the use of the Albert production calculator mandatory”.

From April 3, programme makers will be required to submit an Albert footprint for all BBC TV commissions.

Some of the ways BBC programmes have already reduced their carbon footprint:

  • The Springwatch team reduced their carbon emissions by using new technology such as waste vegetable oil and solar powered generators to power the facilities base while on location at RSPB Minsmere.
  • The Casualty production team in their first year of the scheme cut their paper consumption (from scripts) in half, saving 750,000 sheets of paper a year - the equivalent of about 90 trees
  • The Dragon’s Den team remain committed to using low energy lighting - keeping temperatures low (to not only ease the pressure on contestants, but also make for a more pleasant working environment) and allowing for a smaller office space to be used for this set rather than a larger, more expensive and power hungry studio space.
  • The BBC Breakfast team have focused heavily on reducing their emissions from travel by encouraging the use of public transport such as trains over flying, and by using low emission vehicle hires and taxis. They also reviewed the partner companies they used to ensure they share our commitment to sustainability.

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