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Albert The Carbon Calculator

Information about Albert the Carbon calculator for sustainable television production.

Albert is a carbon calculator - an online tool that works out how much a TV production affects the environment. It calculates the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere as a direct result of making the programme.

Use of albert the production calculator is completely free, although larger companies may wish to join the BAFTA Albert Consortium.

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Richard Smith, the BBC's Project Manager for Sustainable Productions (and the original manager of Albert) explains in his own words what Albert is.


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Albert is a carbon calculator - an online tool that works out how much a TV production affects the environment. It calculates the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere as a direct result of making the programme.

After the user answers a series of questions relating to production activities (such as studio usage and time spent in edit suites), Albert produces a series of charts showing the carbon impact of the work. The user is given the total CO2 emitted during the course of production, the amount of CO2 emitted per £100k of budget and critically, CO2 per production hour.


What is the point of Albert?

Albert has two major aims: to help programme teams reduce the amount of CO2 produced during the making of their programmes, and to raise awareness of the environmental impact of programme-making. We hope that Albert will act as a focal point for the consideration of sustainability issues in the television industry for both colleagues and audiences.

How do I sign up?

If you're interested in signing up, email us now at albert@bafta.org and we'll set up an account for you.

How much does Albert cost to use?

As it currently stands, Albert is completely free to use. Please note that the long-term funding model hasn't been finalised yet, so there's a possibility this might change after the first year - we're looking into it.

Who is Albert designed for?

Albert is designed to cater for any group that creates television programmes, from national broadcasters to tiny indies to individual shooters. Due to the type of data required by Albert, we expect that production managers and coordinators will be best equipped to use the tool.


Useful Downloads

Downloadable resources and guides to help make your television production more sustainable.

Select from the links below to view as a PDF in your browser, or right click and save to download the document to your machine locally.


Albert Workflow (81.7 KB)


Terms of Use for Albert Carbon Footprint Calculator (67 KB)


Albert Year One Report: Carbon Footprinting the TV Industry (601.2 KB)


BAFTA Sustainability Consortium: Second Year Report (467.2 KB)


Albert Programmes That Dont Cost The Earth 2011 (554.1 KB)


Albert Sustainabilty Checklist (100.6 KB)


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