The Consortium is chaired by BAFTA's Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Price, and members include all3media, BBC, Channel 4, Endemol, IMG, ITV, Kudos, NBCUniversal International Television, Sky, Shed Media, Twofour and UKTV.
The Consortium features 12 of the UK’s largest production companies and broadcasters. Founded in 2011, the Consortium is the leading think-tank on sustainability for film and television, working to raise the profile of sustainability in the industry, championing sustainable production techniques and freely providing the tools, guidance and direction needed to reduce the impact of moving-image media production on the environment. The group’s current projects include ‘albert+’, the Albert carbon calculator, Media Greenhouse and a sustainable production module.
Kevin Price, COO of BAFTA, said: “Individually, the creative industries have done much to promote and embed sustainable practices. Nevertheless, by sharing opportunities, challenges and aspirations across the sector we stand to achieve much more. Our challenges and solutions are by no means unique and I firmly believe a collaborative approach to be a catalyst for greater progress.”
The Consortium provide training on the use of the Albert carbon calculator and techniques in sustainable production, including the ‘albert+’ certification, as well as providing strategic direction for the group. Furthermore, the group defines best practice and works collaboratively with associations and suppliers to help the industry move towards sustainable ways of working.
The work of the group is facilitated by a range of technical consortium partners, all of whom contribute to the Consortium on a charitable basis. They are: Aerian Studios (design and branding), The Sustainable Business Practice (sustainability consultants giving 'rolling assurance' through footprint checking), Microsoft (granting BAFTA a licence to use the Enterprise edition of SharePoint, the software on which the Albert carbon calculator is built), Outsourcery (providing web hosting) and Sharepoint City (which built and maintains Albert).
Mark Hawkins, Twofour Group's Managing Director, explains why he's excited by Albert and why he expects more than one type of return from it.
Jo Fox talks about Sky's 'The Bigger Picture' initiative, and Director of Broadcast Operations describes the transition from a tape-based to a file-based workflow.
The Production Manager for Grand Designs and Senior Assisant Editor for Escape to the Country talk about the specific ways their shows are going greener.
Sally Debonnaire talks about why Albert was developed, and producers from Five Daughters, Dragons' Den and Mongrels describe how they've saved money by going green.