albert certification

The BBC is an industry leader in sustainable television production, working as part of the BAFTA albert consortium. albert certification is a practical way to help production teams reduce their impact on the environment and embed sustainable production values within their shows.

Certification helps production teams make their programmes in more sustainable ways, keeps track of their achievements, and rewards them with a rating - One, Two or Three Stars, determined by the range and complexity of green initiatives implemented by each team.

How does albert certification work?

Starting at the pre-production stage, teams taking part in the certification process work through a range of ideas and suggestions from the bespoke checklist. They then decide what aspects work for them, and put them into practice.

Certification focuses on the following areas of the production process:

  • Preparation
  • Production Office
  • Studios & Stages
  • Travel
  • On Location
  • Post-Production

Some actions are obligatory (called ‘green star’ questions) and must be implemented, but productions can use their discretion over which other albert certification actions they adopt.

Each action must be supported with evidence or other auditable information, as the process is verified to ensure the rating system is robust and meaningful. But all productions working to achieve an albert mark must follow these core principles:

  • Seek to reduce the negative environmental impact of programme production wherever possible
  • Share and embed sustainable values and behaviour with cast, crew and their supply chain
  • Promote sustainable production to colleagues within the production or company, across the wider industry, and where appropriate, the audience

A member of the BBC Sustainability team works with each production to help them understand and complete as many actions as possible. Each implemented action ‘earns’ one of a range of scores, and it’s easy for teams to calculate their potential total score and subsequent ‘star rating’ by answering each question on the albert certification checklist.

The team’s implemented certification plan is then reviewed by an independent assessor who awards an overall star rating (from one to three stars). Three star productions will have achieved significant results and made the most positive impact possible on the environment.

Developed in collaboration with the BAFTA albert Consortium, albert certification is being implemented across BBC Television. The BBC is also working with the Consortium and albert certification has been introduced across the wider UK TV industry.

and the award goes to...

Since albert certification began in 2014, the award has been given to hundreds of programmes broadcast on the BBC , Sky, ITV and S4C. Here are some examples of BBC programmes that have received this award, from a variety of genres:

Drama:

  • Casualty
  • Doctor Who
  • EastEnders

Comedy:

  • Are You Being Served
  • Still Open All Hours
  • W1A

Factual:

  • Arctic Live
  • Bargain Hunt
  • Countryfile
  • Crimewatch Roadshow
  • Songs of Praise
  • Timeshift

Natural History:

  • Mountains
  • Springwatch

Entertainment:

  • A Question of Sport
  • Dragon’s Den
  • Strictly Come Dancing

Sport:

  • Football Focus
  • Match of the Day
  • World Cup 2018

Childrens:

  • Andy’s Baby Animals
  • Old Jack’s Boat
  • Swashbuckle