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.

Certifications

The Big Spell

The Big Spell

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 (series 11 & 12)

Red Dwarf (series 11 & 12)

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.

Power Monkeys

Power Monkeys

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.

Trollied (series 6)

Trollied (series 6)

Building on certification action from previous series, Trollied maintained a three star rating with food compposting, material donation and more low energy lighting.

Loose Women (Series 20)

Loose Women (Series 20)

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 (2016)

Pointless (2016)

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.

Have I got news for you?

Have I got news for you?

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.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016)

This BBC drama production team gained certification by reusing sets, cutting waste and reducing travel.

BBC Breakfast (2015/16)

BBC Breakfast (2015/16)

BBC Breakfast took an innovative approach to environmental sustainability, cutting the production’s carbon footprint they also paid particular attention to profiling environmental issues on screen.

Blue Peter Series (series 58)

Blue Peter Series (series 58)

This CBBC team took great steps to reduce the programme’s environmental footprint, culminating in a piece to camera about the show’s new badge which is now made form recycled plastic.

Inside No. 9 (series 3)

Inside No. 9 (series 3)

Choosing suppliers with low carbon services and a strong environmental lead from senior programme crew insured that this series for Inside No. 9 was the greenest yet.

Let’s Go Club (2016)

Let’s Go Club (2016)

This BBC team took a holistic approach to sustainable production, from tackling energy providers to low-emissions vehicles. The team also produced a clip to let the industry know what they’ve been up to too.

Upstart Crow (series 1)

Upstart Crow (series 1)

Sustainably sourced sets, low emission cars and energy efficient tech are just some of the many ways the Upstart Crow team kept their environmental footprint in check.

Yonderland (series 3)

Yonderland (series 3)

Yonderland worked their way to a three star rating with sustainable catering, low-emission transport, re-cycling scenery and props, and an proactive approach to waste management.

EastEnders (2016)

EastEnders (2016)

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.

Rovers (2016)

Rovers (2016)

Rovers scored highly in their sustainability certification making particular headway with regard to low energy lighting, lower carbon transport, re-cycled scenery, sustainable catering, and good recycling rates.

Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures (2016)

Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures (2016)

Find out how the team scored their 3 stars with low energy lighting, stock footage and house power…here.

Downton Abbey (series 6)

Downton Abbey (series 6)

In the ultimate series, Downton sliced their carbon and waste footprints with low energy lighting, elimination of water bottles and better transport planning.

Read the tech spec here.

The Graham Norton Show (series 17)

The Graham Norton Show (series 17)

With a complete review of all suppliers, low energy lighting and a reduction in production material resourses, the already efficient long running studio show sailed into the top albert+ rated category.

Coronation Street (2014)

Coronation Street (2014)

Corrie took a holistic approach to sustainability management with waste and recycling, transport planning, renewable power, low energy lighting and even on screen sustainability messaging.

Wide reaching activity with serious carbon savings.

The Interceptor (2015)

The Interceptor (2015)

The first UK production to use electric vehicles, the Interceptor team also used sustainable caterers, low energy lighting and re-purposed unwanted bits of the set.

Trollied (Series 4)

Trollied (Series 4)

By quizzing crew on carbon reduction, this series of Trollied cut their stage power needs by 50%, sourced pre-used set dressings and helped feed local livestock with surplus fresh produce.

Carbon emission reduction of 7% compared to previous series

Casualty (2015)

Casualty (2015)

Housed in a BREEAM outstanding building, BBC’s Casualty have long been sustainable production advocates; recycling sets and props and now some serious power savings too.

£30k of power savings

Witless

Witless

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.

Zapped (Series 1)

Zapped (Series 1)

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.

Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family

Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family

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.

The South Bank Show (2016)

The South Bank Show (2016)

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.

Bird of a Feather (2016)

Bird of a Feather (2016)

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.

The Voice (Series 5)

The Voice (Series 5)

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.

Grantchester (series 2)

Grantchester (series 2)

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.

Agatha Raisin (series 1)

Agatha Raisin (series 1)

Careful planning regarding generators, low energy lighting and transport efficiencies helped the Mammoth Screen team score Agatha Raisin an albert+ certification.

Lucky Man (series one)

Lucky Man (series one)

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.

The Tunnel (series 2)

The Tunnel (series 2)

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.

The Apprentice (series 11)

The Apprentice (series 11)

Switching to lower emission vehicles, low energy lighting, cutting paper consumption and cleaning up the catering helped The Apprentice work towards their two stars.

Boomers (series 2)

Boomers (series 2)

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 (series 1)

Cuffs (series 1)

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.

The Naked Choir (2015)

The Naked Choir (2015)

By changing production vehicles, car sharing and adopting a zero waste policy, the Naked Choir team saved 8 tonnes of carbon dioxide against original estimates.

TT Races (2015)

TT Races (2015)

Using low energy lighting and cutting waste, the TT production team also started a dialogue about future provision of lower carbon grid electricity.

Love It Or List It (series 1)

Love It Or List It (series 1)

Efficient travel planning helped the Love It Or List It team save carbon in with reductions in accommodation and transport.

Car pooling and low emissions vehicles.

Still Open All Hours (2015)

Still Open All Hours (2015)

This comedy production tackled recycling, low emission vehicles and energy efficient lighting with support from senior crew.

A League Of Their Own (series 9)

A League Of Their Own (series 9)

The team addressed sustainability by choosing materials wisely, planning transport carefully and increasing the amount of low energy lights on the rig.

An opt-in policy for paper copies saved over 9,000 sheets of paper compared to previous series.

MasterChef (series 10)

MasterChef (series 10)

MasterChef showed their green credentials by distributing unused food to local charities, upping use of low emission vehicles and reducing the energy demands of the studio

W1A (Series 2)

W1A (Series 2)

W1A tackled the largest part of their carbon footprint with low energy lighting and low emission vehicles.

A Long Long Crime Ago (2015)

A Long Long Crime Ago (2015)

Thorough engagement with suppliers, management of the energy and materials used, as well as green travel initiatives have earned the team a 2 star certification.

Desi Rascals (2015)

Desi Rascals (2015)

Finding the majority of their carbon and financial savings in top class transport management, this paperless production also excelled at eliminating disposables and upped their recycling rates.

16 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions saving

Premier League World (2015)

Premier League World (2015)

Now housed at IMG’s efficient new HQ, Premier League World and IMG reduced the carbon footprint of the most recent series by sharing crews across other productions, working paperlessly and adopting a 0 to landfill policy

Extreme World (Series 4)

Extreme World (Series 4)

With the support of Sky, Freshwater Films have made the latest production of Extreme World the most sustainable to date by working to the green production guidelines in albert+.

Travel footprint reduced by 20% against previous series

Invictus Games (2014)

Invictus Games (2014)

Invictus Games got to grips with sustainability by addressing transport head on; specialist vehicles on-site and putting crew and talent on public transport scored this BBC show some extra points.

working with suppliers to deliver a sustainable event

Gigglebiz (Series 4)

Gigglebiz (Series 4)

The Children’s BBC Gizzlebiz team excelled in power reduction and transport management both in the studio and on location

20 tonnes of CO₂ saved, find out how here

From There To Here (2014)

From There To Here (2014)

Cutting transport with local crews; sustainable catering; reuse of props and recycling on location; From There To Here, a Kudos drama for BBC One, was the first indie production to undertake albert+.

Saved 7 tonnes CO2 through transport efficiencies

Children’s Presentation (2014/15)

Children’s Presentation (2014/15)

BBC’s Children’s Pres achieved certification by writing scripts with resource use in mind, prop recycling and good record keeping.

Find out how useful it can be to run a green week, here

CBBC Live (Gateshead)

CBBC Live (Gateshead)

Events can have a large waste footprint but not CBBC live who had an active waste management policy amongst other initiatives

pro-actively tackling waste generation with event attendees

Spring/Autumn/Winterwatch (2014/5)

Spring/Autumn/Winterwatch (2014/5)

Environmentalism is core to the ‘Watch’ ethos. The team used an array of low carbon generators to power their production and recorded the nesting of a bittern (bird) in the process – a broadcast first! The team are also trying water efficient loos and low energy lighting.

Low carbon on location with solar, methanol and WVO gennys

All At Sea (2013)

All At Sea (2013)

Amongst other initiatives, All At Sea scored their point with rechargeable batteries and a 60% paper reduction: Overall financial savings of £1,500.

One of the albert+ pioneers, find how they got on here

Henry IX (2016)

Henry IX (2016)

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.

Young, Free and single: Live (Series 1)

Young, Free and single: Live (Series 1)

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.

Educating Cardiff

Educating Cardiff

The Educating team cut the location carbon significantly by ditching the generator and swapping on to local mains power.

You, Me and the Apocalypse

You, Me and the Apocalypse

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.

Siblings (series 2)

Siblings (series 2)

The siblings team took a proactive approach to materials and waste - reducing, recycling and eliminating waste across the whole production.

Careful planning of generators saved 2 tonnes of CO₂e compared to the previous series.

Swashbuckle (2014)

Swashbuckle (2014)

The Swashbuckle team addressed sustainability by re-using sets and opting to work with local audiences.

Sizeable transport savings

4 O’Clock Club (2013)

4 O’Clock Club (2013)

4 o’clock club score well by using low emission, recycling in the studio, using sustainable caterers and addressing fuel efficiency.

£1,000 of savings in fuel use

BBC Music Awards

BBC Music Awards

BBC Music Awards spec’d their equipment to run off local power rather than generators and also had a zero to landfill policy.

All Over the Place - Europe

All Over the Place - Europe

Working with cast and crew, the team eliminated European mainland flights and planned land travel with low-carbon efficiency to work towards certification.

Midnight Mass + Come Join the Celebration

Midnight Mass + Come Join the Celebration

The team travelled principally on public transport and eliminated disposables to bring us these Christmas broadcasts.