albert certification is an online points scoring scheme which rewards productions for implementing sustainable production techniques, achieving a carbon reduction against industry benchmarks and involving key stakeholders.
Productions carrying the albert certification logo have
- had a senior crew/staff member in charge of the production’s environmental performance
- has scored sufficient points awarded for undertaking sustainable production activity
- supplied sufficient evidence for support claims and undergone and external audit
Certification aims to reward production teams who have embedded sustainable principles into their shows, and allows these programmes to communicate their achievements with both the broadcasting industry and audiences.
All of albert’s tools are free to use in the UK. Get in contact to find out more and arrange access.
A growing number of productions have gone through the albert certification scheme. They are listed below with a summary of their greatest achievements.
These production achieved a three star albert certifiction rating (***)
When filming Our Guy in Russia, North One took the opportunity to include editorial content about Ilim Group, the leading pulping paper company in Russia, and how they are helping to regrow forests and reduce their impact on the planet. North One also managed to considerably reduce their travel impact by primarily transporting crew and equipment in 2 or 3 vans, even going so far as to cancel one international flight for the entire crew and travelling 388 miles by van instead.
Zeppotron have dramatically reduced their travel emissions from the previous series by completely eliminating mainland UK flights and implementing a car sharing plan.
ITV Studios eliminated air travel when filming Dark Heart by hiring London based actors. At the end of the shoot costumes were sold to crew or sent to the costume directory to be reused, ensuring nothing went to landfill.
Bringing environmental issues directly into their editorial content, Tonight aired ‘Plastic: Can You live without It?’ in February 18. Keen to involve the whole team in sustainable actions not just at work but in their day to day lives, ITV Studios do at least one team activity a year to promote sustainability, ranging from planting trees, cleaning beaches and working with charities discussed on the Tonight programmes.
ITV Studios reduced their energy consumption massively by using 100% LED lighting across the entire production. By using local crews wherever possible and a local OB supplier, Royal Ascot 2018 reduced their impact from accommodation and travel.
For the fourth year running Coronation Street has carried on its green efforts and gained the albert certification. Using recycled material such as old cobbles from the Quay street site and reclaimed bricks from houses in Salford not only ensured that their new stage was built in a more sustainable way but also saved a modest sum on materials. Making the switch to electric or hybrid cars for location managers and costume departments is also saving carbon on day to day necessary trips.
In the first episode of Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier, editorial efforts to highlight sustainability with Ed Gillespie being brought on as a guest to discuss food security issues. Jon and his guests also discuss a VT on meat that is being grown in a lab in Holland. Talkback offset 6 return flights from Heathrow to Amsterdam and 25% of the show was made up from archive material, allowing the number of location shoots per episode to be reduced from 4 to 2.
Neal Street Productions made a great effort to reduce their travel footprint by making sure all UK mainland travel was undertaken by rail and French cast members travelled by Eurostar where possible. US and UK travel was kept to a minimum, with all postproduction work carried out remotely where needed. Overall efforts to reduce their footprint not only meant Informer received a three star certification but also saved the production over £37,000.
Mammoth Screen managed to reduce the carbon footprint of series 4 of Poldark by a fantastic 40.6% from their predicted footprint, managing to accomplish a three star rating. This was achieved through using LED lights and making a concerted effort to use local crew- (64%), making significant savings on travel and accommodation.
Bad Wolf made inspiring editorial decisions in the production of A Discovery of Witches. The two main characters were shown cycling everywhere and using an electric Tesla as their car and these were the only vehicles shown bar one in all 8 episodes. Bad Wolf also encouraged the main actress to stay locally rather than travelling back to Sweden, saving them in carbon and financially.
The carbon footprint of series 3 of Humans was reduced by 30% from the previous series. Local crew was used when shooting in Wales and cast members were encouraged to take trains to locations that were further away. This along with using hybrid cars in London significantly reduced their travel footprint.
Season 4 of Peaky Blinders was the greenest to date. The production worked with local crew to reduce their travel footprint, used LED lighting in the studio and on location and opted for prop and costume hire to cut their material footprint too.
This Remarkable production dropped their environmental impact by using local crews, low energy lighting, electronic contributor paperwork and a sustainably sourced set.
With environmental posters in front and behind the camera, the Endeavour team put in a mammoth effort to mitigate their impact with material donation, sustainable catering and travel reductions.
This production made a number of saving by opting for public transport, low carbon vehicles, local crew and efficient filming schedules.
A number of dramatic improvements allowed Victoria to slash their carbon footprint by 70% against early predictions. These included using local crew, swapping from generators to mains power, incentivising car sharing and working closely with cast and crew to implement sustainability across the production.
This production reduced their impact guided by Fremantle’s environmental policy. This led to a number of changes in the production office with paper and supplier choice, but with batteries and bottles on location too.
Guided by Icon Films’ rigid environmental policy and green team, this production chose suppliers whose values matched that of the company. This saw them using a carbon positive taxi firm, low energy lighting and almost eliminating disposables.
Profiling low carbon technology both on and off screen, The Tunnel boldly addressed environmental sustainability with wind turbines on screen, eliminating polystyrene, halving the use of generators and sending waste construction materials to a salvage company.
Touching upon the risks climate change poses to this special, the production used local crew and strong scheduling skills to keep its travel footprint under control.
From the production office to the make-up department, the Loose Women team have continued to slice their carbon footprint by using battery powered LED lights on location, reducing travel by sharing crew across productions and efficient studio lighting.
Filming in a new studio boasting the most efficient technology, Emmerdale has taken a strategic approach to addressing its carbon footprint. On a 100% renewable energy tariff and with carbon efficient transport, the production has also make an editorial contribution with sustainable food, green cars and local veg on screen.
Aside from running the studio and production office on green electricty, this ITV production cut its to transport related emissions by reducing the number of OB trucks used on a daily basis, working with local crew in the U.S. and using archive footage to limit traveling to location for filming. The editorial team also worked on segments to help audiences engage with sustainability, including discussing changes on weather patterns due to climate change.
Kicking things off with a ‘green week’, this Lime Pictures production held sessions to explore action cast and crew could undertake to reduce their carbon footprints both at work and at home. Working without generators, increasing the power efficiency of lighting and cutting down on paper, the team made some big changes.
A seasoned sustainable production, Trollied has made a number of changes to reduce their impact ‘in-store’, including low energy lighting and ethical and sustainable products; delivering a whopping 65% impact reduction since 2012.
These production achieved a two star albert certification rating (**)
Studio Lambert deliberately chose a main location with an environmental policy- Fair Oak Farm uses sustainable materials, low energy lights and has planted over 500 trees on its land. Local caterers were also used and therefore the vast majority of crew catering was produced from local produce.
Icon combined international shoots into two filming blocks rather than four, reducing their travel by an impressive 66%. Hiring costumes and props as well as recycling wood at the end of the shoot significantly reduced their material footprint.
Continuing their efforts of using communal and low carbon transport and getting rid of disposables from series 3, this Lime Pictures production is also now using LED lights in all its main kits.
Full Clip Productions did a great job with their materials at the end of the shoot. The construction manager donated a lot of the set to other productions and took left over timber onto his next job, massively reducing their waste and helping out other productions!
Roughcut managed to only use one generator throughout the shoot by using mains power and natural light for outdoor shoots, making a saving on diesel. Recycling the set from a previous production and using a disposal company with a “Zero to landfill” aim also meant that left over materials were reused, recycled and upcycled.
ITV Studios use of LED lighting and local crew reduced their energy usage. 30% of the VTs used also came from archive footage.
Mammoth Screen can now add Vanity Fair to their growing list of Albert certified productions. Concerted efforts were made to reduce their carbon footprint by using local crew when shooting in Budapest, saving on air travel and accommodation.
From food to flattage, lights to locations, this production made a concerted effort to cut its impact with savings made across the board and strong leadership from the top.
The Call the Midwife team worked closely with their suppliers to gain certification, with reductions in studio power, timber and catering supplies.
With a ‘Carbon Literate’ crew, this production managed to reduce their carbon footprint by 60% compared to early estimates. This they achieved by hiring local equipment crew on location as well as addressing the impact of the sound and lighting departments.
With effective media management and efficient tech across the production, Britain by Bike curtailed the carbon footprint related to travel, post production, lighting and the use of disposables.
This production addressed this environmental footprint by looking at materials, power and transport by donating their set for use on future production, using low energy lighting and by hiring hybrids.
Hiring local crew for international filming, this factual production also shaved their carbon footprint down with hybrid cars, optioning for communal transport and working with low energy lighting.
This production reduced the impact of catering with one meat-free day per week. Child Genius also dramatically reduce paper consumption, incentives travel on public transport for crew and contributors and worked to eliminate disposable by switching to compostables.
Zapped maintained their two star certification with pre-used sets, low energy lighting, reducing use of batteries and incentivising the use of public transport.
This studio stalwart production gained certification by identifying means to reduce its material impact. From paper and catering to sets and props, Celebrity juice almost adjusted their lighting rig to lessen their impact
Travel is often the most significant contributor to the carbon footprint of factual productions, Hospital People worked with regional crew to address this while making drastic locations savings by reducing use of generators.
Making stipulations of suppliers can be the best way for productions to act on their impacts. This production did exactly that, scoring environmental savings with travel and accommodation suppliers.
This production made great energy savings in the studio by increasing the number of low energy lamps. Hear from Version 2’s Nick Edward about they did it.
With bold yet achievable goals, this Mammoth Screen production worked with cast and crew to get their two stars; powering down overnight, using smaller unit bases and running on local power helped Fearless reduce their location footprint by 60% and save £9,000.
Good engagement from the senior members of the Boundless production team helped Grand Designs gain their stars. The production found the majority of their carbon footprint reductions in transport; by sourcing local camera operators in different locations, including Ireland and Scotland. The production also purchased a new low-carbon emissions vehicle for long journeys around the country.
These production achieved a one star albert certification rating (*)
Posh Pets addressed the impact of their whole production by switching to low carbon modes of transport, moving to more efficient lighting and by choosing suppliers with strong environmental policies.
The production reduced the amount of waste generated by cutting the use of disposables, by purchasing reusable water bottles, by using reusable crockery and cutlery and by having an opt-in policy for all paperwork.
This Retort production has achieved one star rating by issuing all their documents electronically. The Rebel also reduced their carbon footprint by using accommodation with environmental credentials for their cast and crew.
By working closely with their catering supplier on the usage of biodegradable disposables and reusable water bottles this Lime Pictures production achieve 1 star rating.
The Educating team cut the location carbon significantly by ditching the generator and swapping on to local mains power.