Environmental Sustainability: Our Strategy


Environmental and sustainability issues have long been reflected in the programmes and content we make and broadcast and it is important to us that they are also embedded in the way we operate and run the BBC.

Greener Broadcasting is our approach to environmental sustainability. We recognise that as a publicly funded organisation, the BBC has a particular duty to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our environmental impact to a minimum.

Our strategy for the current Charter period focuses on three areas with a range of initiatives and projects underpinning each one:


Creating the conditions for sustainable working. Our aim is that informed and engaged employees work in low-carbon, efficient environments, using minimum resources, producing minimum waste and travelling only when necessary. Activities in this area range from efficiency for our buildings to staff behaviour. For example, we will:

  • Set ourselves targets including reducing our carbon emissions in line with science based methodology and cutting single use plastic
  • Buy renewable electricity to power our buildings
  • Certify more of our programmes through the albert system
  • Offer training and awareness campaigns for staff

Our industry:

Our role as  a good partner across our sector. Our aim is that we share, collaborate and contribute to a more sustainable broadcasting industry. Activities in this area include:

  • Continued collaboration with the BAFTA albert consortium, promoting use of the albert sustainable production tools
  • Partnering with others across the broadcast and technology lifecycle to share best practice, promote efficiency and stimulate demand for greener products and services

Our audience:

This acknowledges the unique role we play serving our audiences. Our aim is that our audience understand and trust the BBC’s contribution to a sustainable world and are informed and inspired about the contribution they can make as individuals. For example we will:

  • Continue to reflect environmental issues and their relevance to the audience’s lives across a range of our content
  • Update and report regularly on our progress 


Leading the industry

"It is a testament to the power of television that the scenes of plastic piling up in our oceans, seen by millions of viewers on Blue Planet II, has kick started a national conversation on the harm caused by single-use plastics."

Tony Hall, BBC Director General