BAFTA recognises that is has a vital role to play in preventing the climate crisis and that our future depends on the work we do today.
BAFTA has two key responsibilities in helping to reverse climate change:
- to make changes to its own working practices and Awards ceremonies
- to support and inspire the screen industries as they transition towards a zero-carbon future (through BAFTA albert)
Our working practices and Award ceremonies
BAFTA acknowledges the importance and need to adopt a different approach to its work and awards in order to help reduce the effect on the climate.
From travel and food, to branding and materials – BAFTA is ensuring all of its Awards are as sustainable as possible.
The EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 became the first BAFTA Awards ceremony to be carbon neutral and albert certified. The red carpet was 100% recyclable, sustainably sourced produce was served at the awards dinner and branding that was not being reused from previous years was produced using reclaimed or recyclable materials. Where sustainable choices were unable to be made, BAFTA offset, as well as giving guests the tools to be more sustainable through offsetting their own travel and making sustainable fashion choices for the ceremony.
Since the start of the global pandemic BAFTA has delivered its Awards ceremonies digitally, both the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards shows were fully albert certified in their new format and we are continuing to work towards our long-term goal of having a net-positive impact on the environment across all of our Awards.
BAFTA is a proud supporter of the Make My Money Matter campaign – meaning that employees pensions are only invested in schemes that align with BAFTA’s core values.
The BAFTA headquarters and offices are run on 100% renewable energy sources.
Since 2011, BAFTA has supported the film and television industry through albert, the leading authority on environmental sustainability for film and television.
albert is a sustainability project which began at the BBC in 2011, aiming to encourage the screen industries to reduce their waste and carbon footprint during the production process. Since 2011, albert has developed a number of initiatives including ‘Planet Placement’ a guide on how to promote and discuss environmental issues in editorial content. albert was adopted by BAFTA in 2011 who - as an independent organisation - were able to bring the wider TV industry together to tackle its collective impact on the planet.
The project has two aims:
1. Inspire; empower the industry to create content that supports a vision for a sustainable future
2. Restore: enable the industry to make positive contributions to the environment while actively eliminating waste and carbon emissions from production
What is the albert carbon calculator?
The albert project began as a bespoke carbon calculator for the screen industries. The calculator allows a production to calculate its carbon footprint from pre to post-production. Productions can then choose to go through the certification process, where they implement sustainable production techniques to reduce carbon emissions where possible, and offsets where it is not. Productions which successfully complete certification are given use of the albert Sustainable Production logo on their credits. Find out more about using the calculator and certification here.
Currently, all BBC, ITV, Channel 4, UKTV, Sky and Netflix productions are required to calculate their carbon footprint using the albert carbon calculator.
Who can use the albert carbon calculator?
The albert carbon calculator is designed to cater for any group that creates film and/or television content. It is free to use. Due to the type of data required by albert, we expect that production managers and coordinators will be best equipped to use the tool.
Other albert projects
In May 2019, albert launched the Green Rider project in association with Spotlight. It functions as a way to champion climate action through an actor’s contract, calling for good environmental practices to be observed on set. For example, requesting plant-based catering, low energy lighting, or for the production company to agree to a ‘zero to landfill’ policy for its sets. Find out more here.
albert started the Creative Energy project in 2017. It enables production companies to switch to a 100% renewable energy supplier at reduced rates. Find out more here.
Screen New Deal
In September 2020, albert launched the 'Screen New Deal' report in association with the British Film Institute and Arup as a route-map to help film production transition to net zero emissions by 2050. The report explores and gives examples of how more sustainable practices can be implemented across the film and TV industries. The full report can be read here.
Working alongside Natural Capital Partners, albert has set up the Creative Offsets project allowing production companies to offset the remainder of their carbon footprint, after they’ve taken steps to reduce it.