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.
Introduction to Albert:
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Richard Smith, the BBC's Project Manager for Sustainable Productions explains in his own words what Albert is.
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.
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.
Occasionally you might need a guiding hand:
We've put together a PDF file describing the Albert workflow: Download (81 KB)
We've also made several walk-through videos with Albert's original manager Richard Smith, explaining the various sections involved in the calculator. They're available to view in the playlist below or on our YouTube channel
If you're still in need of help, feel free to contact us
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