Environmental Sustainability: Reducing the impact of our operations and engaging our staff

How are we doing?

We report annually on our performance against targets in the BBC Annual Report and Accounts  and provide more detail. See our latest performance here.

CO2 and energy from buildings and technology

Since April 2017 the BBC has been buying renewable electricity, which will contribute to a significant reduction in our carbon footprint and support our science  based reduction target.  Since 2008 we have saved over 180,000 tonnes of CO2, primarily through the concentration of our operations into fewer, more efficient buildings such as our new environmentally rated sites in MediaCityUK in Salford, Roath Lock in Cardiff, and New Broadcasting House in London. To address demand we are implementing monitoring systems  in our main properties which identify anomalies in energy consumption and enable improvements to building operation.


Reducing the amount of waste we generate in the first place  and providing good recycling facilities for staff is a priority for us.  As well as aiming for third party zero waste to landfill certification we have a three step plan to cutting single use plastic from our operations.

Smarter Travel

Creating inspiring content and communicating global events to our audiences is hugely important and our staff will always need to travel in order to fulfil this purpose. To minimise impact when travel is necessary, we have policies to cut down on domestic flights and work with suppliers to reduce CO2 emissions of fleet and hire vehicles. To help reduce non-essential travel we provide video conference facilities and desk based video conferencing tools.

Sustainable Production

Albert is a carbon calculator which helps BBC production teams understand the carbon impact of making a programme. We have been gathering a comprehensive picture of this impact since 2011 and have footprinted over 2000 BBC programmes. Since April 2017, albert calculation is a mandatory requirement for all BBC Content and Children's commissioned programmes.

Albert certification is the next step in this process - a certification scheme for sustainable production which further helps productions to reduce their environmental impact. A range of BBC productions are participating and embracing new ways of working. Look our for the albert badge on end credits and click here for production case studies.


Setting ourselves targets

The following targets to be achieved by 2022 address our main environmental impacts.

CO2 'science based' target: a 24% reduction in CO2 emissions from buildings and technology.

Energy: a 10% reduction in energy use from UK buildings & technology.

Waste: to reduce waste by 10%, to recycle 75% of our waste and to achieve 'Zero Waste to Landfill' certification.

Plastic: to remove single use plastic from our operations by 2020.

Sustainable production: to use albert the carbon calculator for 100% of BBC Content and BBC Children’s commissioned programmes and to certify 25% of Content production carbon.

Travel: to travel smarter, reducing unecessary journeys.

Baseline year: 2015/16.