Speak to the professionals: The recently published BS 8909 Sustainability Management System for film, sets out the requirements to enable users to implement and run a system that manages their environmental and social risks and impacts. There is assistance out to get started on your journey.
Use BS 8909 with a suitable carbon footprinting tool: Use BS 8909 to identify and manage your organization’s sustainability issues and get a carbon footprint of current activities/ a production. We recommend the free BAFTA Albert toolkit for carbon footprinting productions, or a suitable carbon footprint tool for other activities. For example Carbonfootprint.com/calculator1.html
Talk to your colleagues at work: Many people in the film industry act green at home but aren’t sure how to make a difference at work. Together you can make simple changes.
Improve your housekeeping: The average business wastes 20% of the power it buys. Switching off lights, shutting down IT systems, reducing waste, making re-cycling easier – it all makes a difference. But the best way to make a real difference is to have a plan: start with an energy audit that measures your carbon footprint and set yourself some targets to reduce it.
Share your experience: Links from this site will show you how film professionals around the world are finding new ways of reducing the environmental impact of what they do. Let firstname.lastname@example.org know about what you’re doing.
There are dozens of organisations that offer support, advice and help. Here are a few of them:
www.carbontrust.co.uk is a government-funded agency that provides advice, consultancy and other services (some of them free) to help companies calculate their carbon footprint and reduce carbon emissions.
www.greenshoot.com Greenshoot provides a full environmental management service for productions, supplying a trained coordinator who is responsible for all environmental issues on the shoot.
www.myspace.com/ourplanet features organizations and forums concerned with climate change.
www.carbonplanet.com is based in Australia but works worldwide and partnered the Sheffield Doc/Fest to make it the world’s first carbon-neutral film festival.
www.globalactionplan.org.uk offers advice and consultancy.
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