Reduce Your Carbon Emissions
Cutting down carbon footprints is no longer avoidable.
The guide below gives tips and links about how to do this for productions. Power & travel are the most carbon hungry aspect of productions and therefore the focus of CAPs carbon calculator, however changes made in every category will ultimately be beneficial.
Reducing travel will have a massive impact on your carbon output.
SWITCH FACE TO FACE MEETINGS TO VIDEO CALLS
WORK FROM HOME If everyone working in offices worked from home on one day each wk you would reduce your travel and office Co2e output by a fifth.
DRIVE CAREFULLY Cutting your speed from 80mph to 55mph and being less 'heavy' on the pedals when braking and accelerating can reduce your emissions by a third.
"The hard truth is that we are a long way off putting a long-haul passenger plane into the sky without burning around 100 tonnes of fossil fuel...there is no getting around the need to be frugal with flying. Don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise." How Bad Are Bananas Mike Berners-Lee
If you can't avoid flying, this is good to know: FLY ECONOMY. Business class tickets produce twice the carbon emissions as economy because your seat uses up more of the plane.
GREEN ENERGY PROVIDERS Ask your production office, studio, post house, if they have taken the plunge and switched. 100% renewable electricity has a limited carbon footprint. Albert are making this even easier than it is by making the switch for you.
ELECTRIC GENERATORS with no noise and no fumes are here. Check out Green Voltage. For hybrid generators try the Panalux Hydbrid H40. For ultra low emission generators try On Bio. They all mean less emissions and reduced costs. Next Generation 4x4 Ltd plant trees when you hire from them.
HYDROGEN POWER FOR LIVE BROADCAST In a world first GeoPura & Siemens powered BBC2's Winterwatch 2021 live using a green 250kW hydrogen power unit & water electrolysis. The only bi- product...pure water.
LOW ENERGY LIGHTING See AdGreen guide. The lights are cooler, lighter, have no flicker or buzzing and the reduced energy needed to power them means reduced costs for everyone. For Low carbon high speed plasma lighting check out Gavo Lighting.
RECHARGABLE BATTERIES They work. See this case study from Albert.
PLANET FRIENDLY WEB HOSTING If the internet was a country it would be the 7th largest polluter. Get providers like Erjjio to host your website.
CHOOSE CATERERS WHO PRIORITISE LOCALLY GROWN SEASONAL FOOD. There's no point in having Peruvian asparagus or Californian grapes, they have to be flown in (unless your production is in Peru or California). Try The Red Hot Box Company or Green Tea Live.
REQUEST VEGETARIAN & VEGAN FOOD A stew with chickpeas at its heart is 60 times less carbon hungry than one made with beef reared on deforested land.
PROVIDE ALTERNATIVES TO DAIRY 2.5 pints of cows milk per day each yr is a tonne of Co2e, equivalent to a flight from London to New York.
REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLES & REUSABLE COFFEE CUPS Encourage crew and cast to bring their own.
CHOOSE CANS OVER BOTTLES Glass bottled drinks are carbon hungry because they are heavy and more fuel is needed to transport them. Canned drinks are lighter and therefore better.
FROM THE TOP
The Paris Climate Agreement asks signatories to pursue efforts to limit the global average temperature increase to less than 1.5°C above pre industrial levels. To achieve that target the world needs to reduce its carbon emissions by 7.6% every year for the next decade. Amibtious? An understatement.
To make this happen everyone needs to play their part. The boldest changes will likely come from Heads Of Department. Get them on board.