The British Film Institute( BFI) and British Academy of Films and Television Arts(BAFTA) have come together to launch ‘A Screen New Dea which is a Route Map to Sustainable Film Production’. The report released by them examines the systemic changes needed within film production in order to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, in line with UK government legislation.
The report has focused on the five key areas such as production materials, energy and water use, studio buildings and facilities, studio sites and locations and production planning. And the overall aim is to analyse where the carbon footprint of a production is currently highest and where it can be reduced.
The report was produced by the BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit and albert, the BAFTA-led consortium, with data analyzed by engineering firm Arup. Their findings have shown that an average tentpole film creates 2,840 tonnes of CO2e, the equivalent of 11 one-way trips from the Earth to the moon. These emissions contributed by air travel alone on a production is equivalent to flying one way from London to New York 150 times, or 3.4 million car miles. Therefore, the carbon footprint from accommodation used on a production is equivalent to the use of electricity by 34 homes for one year.
They have analysed that the transport contributes to 50% of total emissions, 30% of which is air travel and 70% is land transport. Energy consumption is the second largest factor, contributing 34%.
The firm also looked from more than 19 productions filmed in the UK and the U.S. in the last five years to assess resource consumption patterns and carbon emissions
Harriet Finney, Director of External Affairs for the BFI said, “Our film and screen production industries are facing an undeniable period of change as we enter a world which is responding creatively and economically to harsh impacts of the pandemic. “Commissioned last year, the purpose of this report by Arup was to share innovation and knowledge and help kick-start a more sustainable production ecosystem. Arriving now – just as productions restart and introduce new ways of working on set and on location – there is an opportunity to consider how we create efficiencies in our approach to materials and resources and learn how innovation is working for other industries. This piece of work is not the solution to delivering greater environmental sustainability but it provides us a valuable route map for taking forward positive action.”