Carbon Calculation for Britain’s Best Afternoon Tea

The core ethos here at Eco Film Productions is to promote improved environmentally sustainable film, TV and Media production processes which meet industry standards for being environmentally friendly. As part of this, we wanted to create tangible, real-life examples of how this can be achieved. It is therefore very exciting for us to be able to share the details of our web-series, Britain’s Best Afternoon Tea.

This production was developed specifically to demonstrate how to produce film and TV content with minimal impact on the environment. We looked hard at all aspects of production, including a production crew, travel, location shooting and general production management, to find ways of driving down our carbon footprint.

This was a micro budget production. The total number of days on location was 4 and we worked with a small crew. But small does not necessarily mean beautiful when it comes to energy expenditure. Even with a micro team, it was still essential to consider all aspects of our production to avoid high environmental impact. In particular, we adopted the following approaches:

  • Travel – we car shared and used public transport
  • Accommodation – For the episode filmed in Dorset, the crew stayed local in a shared house.  For the filming in Bath we used Airbnb.
  • Equipment – We used natural lighting.  To power up the batteries for the cameras we used the electricity in the venues in which we were filming.  Any disposable batteries have been recycled appropriately.
  • Paper – We used paper for the contribution release forms.  For other aspects such as scripts, running orders, shot lists etc, we used electronic versions.
  • Crew expenses and hospitality – Drinks and refreshments were either provided by the venue where we filming or supplied from the production office.

And the result? We scored 84/153 under the Albert calculation process giving us a [pending] 2 star certificate rating.To put that in context in terms of CO2 emissions – you can see here the comparison between BBAT and the industry average.

So what? How does this help the environment?

According to the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Equivalences Calculator  our total amount of CO2 emissions is the equivalent of 7300 miles driven in one year by an average passenger car.  Here are some other comparisons….

Greenhouse Gas Equivalence

In many cases, being a sustainable production can create cost savings.  This is, of course, of great benefit but it should not be the driving force for making the changes.  Entering the production planning process with environmental benefits in mind will inevitably help to identify where cost savings can be made at an early stage.

Britains Best Afternoon Tea, demonstrates that regardless of the budget or the size of the production itself, being mindful of sustainability, before and during production, can made a difference.

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