THE UK IS THE FIRST COUNTRY TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS OVER THE LONG-TERM
Already there is a growing body of environmental legislation to squeeze out old carbon-heavy technologies – on lights and light-fittings for example. The UK is the first country to introduce legislation to reduce carbon emissions over the long-term. The Climate Change Act commits the UK to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. The Government’s Office of Climate Change monitors progress and helps develop a strategy to keep British businesses and homes on track to meet this hugely demanding target. You can find out more about the impact of the Climate Change Act and other government measures by visiting the website of the Department of Energy and Climate Change www.decc.gov.uk and the website of the Office of Climate Change www.occ.gov.uk.
European legislation will have a growing impact on the way businesses plan for environmental sustainability. Already major studios and cinemas are subject to CO2 emission standards and the complexity of European legislation is almost certain to increase. You can find out more about the present legislative position and about the research being undertaken into climate change and ways of mitigating it and adapting to it by visiting the European Commission’s website at http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat_en.htm.
Local authorities are beginning to develop local regulations to reduce carbon emissions in their areas. London’s low emission zone is an example. To find out more about the latest research and thinking about environmental standards and how to enforce them at the local government level, visit www.lga.gov.uk. Green Screen London, an initiative led by Film London and the London Mayor’s Office has published information to help filmmakers in the London area adhere to local requirements and reduce their carbon footprint. You can find their Green Screen report at www.filmlondon.org.uk or at www.london.gov.uk/mayor. There is a Code of Practice for location filming in London. Details can be found at www.filmlondon.org.uk/cop. London also has a Green Procurement Code to assist companies in reducing their carbon footprint along their supply chain as well as with their in-house activities. Details can be found at www.greenprocurementcode.co.uk.