Why Sustainable Film?


“In an industry known for being progressive and creative, this [taking action on climate change] is one way in which studios, producers, and talent, can take the lead (Greater London Authority, 2009).” – Boris Johnson

One hour of UK television production can produce approximately 8 tonnes of carbon – the equivalent of 2 return flights from London to Sydney. If a production makes arrangements for travel to be by train instead of aeroplane, this can cut the carbon footprint by one third. (BBC, 2012). But how achievable is this, and do companies do it?

With so many resources needed to make a film of television production, it is not surprising that this industry has had a bad press when it comes to being responsible for climate change.

To be recognised as a sustainable production is not just about initiating environmentally friendly practices but also making sure there there is

  • a positive impact on the environment
  • a clear aim continually to reduce carbon emissions from waste production
  • sharing a production’s values with every aspect of the supply chain including cast, crew, contractors, supplies and its audience
  • reusing props and sets wherever possible

The film and television industry is increasingly recognising that they have a social responsibility to uphold good environmentally-friendly practices. There is, however, still a long way to go before the industry can be judged to have maximised its efforts to operate within sustainable limits.

And that is why Eco Film Productions is passionate about working with producers, suppliers and key role-players within this industry, and the corporate film production industry, to be the change influencer.