08 December 11
Watch the debate hosted at BAFTA in which an expert panel discusses green issues facing the film and television industries.
On 19 September 2010 BAFTA hosted a live discussion with a panel of experts to talk about how businesses and individuals can reduce their carbon footprints in our industries. The live discussion was followed by a Trade Fair of organisations that work to help keeping things greener.
Moderated by Alistar McGowan, speakers included: Kevin Price (COO of BAFTA), Tim Bevan (Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Working Title and Chair of the UK Film Council), Melanie Dicks (Partner, Greenshoot), Jonathon Porritt (founding Director of Forum for the Future and Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission) and Andy Whittaker (Founder and Chairman, Dogwoof).
Recent films such as 2006's An Inconvenient Truth and 2009's The Age of Stupid have played important roles in promoting sustainable living. But the very act of producing and distributing a film or television show is notoriously environmentally unfriendly - a feature film can produce 2000 tonnes of carbon emissions. What can be done to reduce this?
BS 8909 - or British Standard 8909 - is a new voluntary code of practice developed by the BSI, the UK Film Council and various sectors of the industry. As Tim Bevan (UKFC) says, it gives an 'indication to the industry about how to do things' - encouraging and incentivising working methods that cut down on a production's carbon footprint.
How can we encourage sustainability?
Jonathan Porrit, founder of Forum for the Future, says the challenge is persuading people and companies that sustainable living actually improves the quality of their functioning: 'the efficiency of their operations, even the bottom line of their operations'.
It's not just about saving the planet: sustainable initiatives directly benefit the economy, he says.