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 (***)
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.
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.
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 (**)
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.
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
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.
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.
Opting for low energy lighting, rechargeable batteries, hybrid vehicles and set re-use, this production also worked with suppliers to make sure that all stakeholders got a change to contribute the environmental reductions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zapped maintained their two star certification with pre-used sets, low energy lighting, reducing use of batteries and incentivising the use of public transport.
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.
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.