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.
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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 (***)
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.
The Remarkable TV production reduced its energy usage by using 70% of LED lighting and 30% low energy lamps. Local crews and equipment were used when shooting outside London, reducing air travel when shooting in Ireland and Scotland. These actions helped The Big Spell achieving 3 stars.
Red Dwarf gained 3 stars by promoting sustainability among their crew and audience using a video explaining their green actions. Shooting in studios with strong environmental policies has helped the Baby Cow production achieving its environmental goals. Choosing main power instead of generators has helped Red Dwarf reducing its carbon footprint. The production has also invested in LED, increasing LED to over 50% of the total lighting used. In terms of transport the production hired a hybrid car as a production car during the whole shoot.
Avoiding generators and car sharing, this Hat Trick production also eliminated landfill and donated leftover materials to take them straight to a three star production.
Building on certification action from previous series, Trollied maintained a three star rating with food composting, material donation and more low energy lighting.
Loose women included sustainability topics within the editorial content of the programme. The presenters discussed issues such as recycling and they celebrated their sustainability success on air. The production was shoot in ITV studios which source their energy from 100% renewable tariff for both studio and production office. They also cut the amount of paper used by 50% from previous series. In terms of transport they shared crew with another Daytime ITV production as well as using several times library and archive footage to avoid travel. The usage of LED lighting it also helped this ITV production to be awarded with 3 stars.
Pointless implemented an opt-in policy where no production documents were printed unless requested. The production also changed the accounting system they previously used to allow no paper purchase orders. The majority of contestant applications were completed online. The estimated minimum paper savings were of 20,000 sheets of paper. In studio, around 40% of the lighting used was LED or energy efficient. All these actions gained Pointless 3 stars.
Lit with electricity from a renewable tariff, this production reduced script and photo printing and used low-energy lighting to take it from one to three stars.
This BBC drama production team gained certification by reusing sets, cutting waste and reducing travel.
Striving for 3 stars, the new steering group for sustainability at EastEnders oversaw the installation of new low energy lighting rigs, drastic reductions in paper, phasing out of non-recyclable materials and use of solar powered toilet blocks on location.
These production achieved a two star albert certification rating (**)
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.
Transport was the major source of carbon footprint efficiencies for this Tiger Aspect production, totalling a 30% reduction. The team changed to a green taxi company, used weekly conference calls instead of physical meetings and provided shared transport when going to location. The production also reduced its impact related to the materials, diverting all set waste from landfill and using recycled materials to build the set when possible.
Creating sustainability actions for each department, this Mammoth Screen production re-purposed sets used by other shows, hired local crew on location, used hybrid taxis and implementing an opt-in policy for all printing.
The UMSI production gained two stars by banning polystyrene, using rechargeable batteries in the sound department, using low energy lighting when possible and using hybrid cars both for taxis and production vehicles.
By integrating sustainability at the core business strategy, the Objective Media Group is encouraging all their members of staff to undertake more environmentally friendly activities. Working with ISO 14001 accredited suppliers wherever possible, the Witless team recorded money and resources saved through implementing sustainability actions.
The Baby Cow production implemented an opt-in policy to reduce the amount of paper used. Zapped also worked on reducing their carbon footprint by only using compostable disposables. The production also reduced their travel by using local crew and also using library footage to avoid travelling to certain locations.
The production included sustainability in the editorial content as the presenter spoke about sustainability issues. The Offspring Films production used local crew and equipment when possible to reduce the amount of long haul flights.
With the recycling supplier agreeing to donate part of the profits when recycling Cd/DVD’s, electrical equipment and ink toner to a breast cancer foundation, the Directors Cut Productions also worked on reducing their carbon footprint by using local crews when shooting abroad and by using a large amount of LED lighting.
By implementing an opt-in policy Birds of a Feather has saved 1,500 pages from printing. The sit-com was shot in Pinewood studios where crew has a free shuttle bus from the closest tube station thus incentivising public transport usage.
Implementing an opt-in policy for all printing call sheets, schedules, scripts and amendments has helped the Wall to Wall production reducing by more than 50% the amount of paper used compared to previous series.
Contractual stipulations for artist car sharing, waste reduction and supply chain engagement. 3 of the many things that helped the Grantchester team score enough points for a 2 star rating.
Careful planning regarding generators, low energy lighting and transport efficiencies helped the Mammoth Screen team score Agatha Raisin an albert+ certification.
The Lucky Man team reducing the waste, transport and electricity emissions by working closely with their landlord and taking the greener option with all of their suppliers.
Sky high recycling rates, hybrid vehicles and non-exclusive contractual ‘stips’ to facilitate artist car sharing helped The Tunnel to a lofty 2 star certification.
Switching to lower emission vehicles, low energy lighting, cutting paper consumption and cleaning up the catering helped The Apprentice work towards their two stars.
Strong leadership from senior crew and cast helped stimulate the Boomers team towards greater sustainability. Car sharing, low energy lighting and sustainable catering helped propel the production to a two star rating.
Cuffs got their two stars by choosing their location carefully, this resulted in reduced transport costs and fewer set/prop builds. Their environmental performance was also bolstered by low energy lighting, waste reduction and sustainable catering.
These production achieved a one star albert certification rating (*)
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.
By cutting their paper use in half, installing a holistic recycling programme and switching to hybrid vehicles, the team successfully managed to curb their environmental impact.