Posted on 7th December 2022

albert’s COP27 debrief

“We have the power to act or we have the power to remain passive and do nothing.” – Mia Mottley  

The 27th Conference of Parties (COP27) once again reinforced climate change as an urgent global priority, bringing together countries from all over the globe to find purposeful solutions. Below we’ve summarised the key outcomes of the conference, and highlighted significant ways in which the screen industry can contribute in promoting meaningful climate action and accelerating the journey to decarbonisation. 

What did COP27 achieve?

The most significant outcome of COP27, and what it will be remembered for, was the agreement of a loss and damage finance facility. It is a historic agreement for global climate justice which acknowledges the imbalanced responsibility for human-induced climate change, and commits to a fund (although, it is currently without any funding agreements) to support countries facing the worst climate disasters.  

However, the conference failed to commit to a “phasing out” of fossil fuel, a necessary commitment to limit global warming to 1.5C, instead choosing to repeat the language of COP26 to “phase down” of unabated coal use. If the current global commitments and pledges are accomplished, the planet is projected to warm by 2.8C. We need renewed commitments and progress at every COP to stay within 1.5C.   

Whilst the screen industry needs governments to provide green policy developments, especially in infrastructure, it is important to remember that COPs do not solely define the solutions to the climate emergency. As an industry, we do not need to wait to be told what to do, or how to do it, because we already know that the short-term priority is to urgently reduce our emissions. We must continue to pave the way for a sustainable future in order to halve emissions by 2030.  

The TV and film industry at COP27

albert was present at COP27 – virtually! albert’s Director Carys Taylor delivered a speech during the ‘Implementing Climate Action in Entertainment & Culture’ panel as part of the Entertainment and Culture for Climate Action (ECCA) initiative. The initiative aims to introduce a global framework to support emissions reduction, climate content and biodiversity. Carys’ speech illustrated the screen industry’s ability to incorporate more and better climate content on screen, and reiterated the potential of TV and film to portray powerful messages about the choices we make.  

Carys’ article on the power of on-screen sustainability in MyGreenPod Magazine, also got directly into the hands of the COP delegates, which further reinforced the power of climate storytelling. Read it for yourself by clicking here. 

Carys’ article on the power of on-screen sustainability in MyGreenPod Magazine, also got directly into the hands of the COP delegates, which further reinforced the power of climate storytelling. Read it for yourself by clicking here. 

We were delighted that albert’s former International Manager Roser Canela-Mas represented the industry in person and offered key learnings and inspirations for the screen industry to lower its emissions. Her tips included:  

  • Innovation has a key role to play, don’t underestimate it. Batteries and electric generators are growing in popularity, and many shows have been successfully powered off them. Give them a try!  
  • Reducing transport emissions is key. Use local crew and virtual productions to save time, money and emissions by not flying around the planet unnecessarily.   
  • We need more data accuracy and alignment between carbon calculators to measure our industry’s impacts, and make meaningful and measurable changes. Collect data!  

Watch the full session from COP27 on the UNFCCC website here.  

Back in London at BAFTA’s HQ in Piccadilly, albert hosted its first summit, bringing together hundreds of people from the screen industry to discuss all things sustainability. The summit marked the first anniversary of the Climate Content Pledge, a historic agreement signed at COP26 which saw 12 major media brands from the UK and Ireland commit to displaying more climate content on screen.  Four sessions illustrated sustainable solutions, innovations and success stories. Catch up on the sessions on our YouTube channel, linked here.  

Since the pledge was signed, we have seen even more brilliant climate content being produced across a diverse variety of productions of different genres, ranging from reality shows such as Love Island, to popular dramas such as Emmerdale and EastEnders. We have a broad range of case studies which can be used as inspiration on our website. In support of the pledge, albert launched the Editorial Engagement Tool to help those working in editorial (such as development teams, writers, commissioners and producers) in the screen industry to consider new ways to bring climate storytelling into their programmes. 

As 2022 draws to an end and we reflect on the progress our industry has made we hope that 2023 will bring an even more fruitful year for climate content, pledges and action.