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+ rating (***)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
These production achieved a two star albert certification rating (**)
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.
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.
Using low energy lighting and cutting waste, the TT production team also started a dialogue about future provision of lower carbon grid electricity.
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.
This comedy production tackled recycling, low emission vehicles and energy efficient lighting with support from senior crew.
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 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 tackled the largest part of their carbon footprint with low energy lighting and low emission vehicles.
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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
These production achieved a one star albert certification rating (*)
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.
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.
The Swashbuckle team addressed sustainability by re-using sets and opting to work with local audiences.
Sizeable transport savings
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 spec’d their equipment to run off local power rather than generators and also had a zero to landfill policy.
Working with cast and crew, the team eliminated European mainland flights and planned land travel with low-carbon efficiency to work towards certification.
The team travelled principally on public transport and eliminated disposables to bring us these Christmas broadcasts.