Industry Impact Overview
2020’s global travel restrictions impacted the TV’s production industry, resulting in a reduction in emissions associated with people transport and the associated accommodation required on location.
This impact meant there was an overall reduction in emissions across the majority of production methods, particularly those reliant on international travel. In fact, in a ‘normal’ year, International Factual would have the highest impact of all production methods, but travel restrictions in 2020 meant Location and Studio based Narrative became the most emission intensive production method in this period.
As a counter to this, 2020 data shows road transport emissions increased – perhaps a result of the ‘one person one car’ covid rule. There was also an increase in material use – most likely due to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which was required for production activities to continue through lockdowns.
Office energy use also increased. This may have been a result of higher heating demands, with fewer people on site using heat emitting equipment like computers