Posted on 5th July 2023

Studio Sustainability Standard

A voluntary standard for studio facilities that has been created by and for the industry.

Read the report reflecting upon the first year of the Studio Sustainability Standard

Download the Brochure and register your interest for Year Three of the Studio Sustainability Standard, which will open later this year.

Studio Sustainability Standard

The studio sustainability standard is a voluntary standard for studio facilities that has been created by and for the industry.

By taking part, studios will be able to focus and pinpoint key areas within their facility, where they can make improvements to reduce their environmental impact over 6 key areas: Climate, Circularity, Nature, People, Management and Data.

Participating studios will receive a bespoke performance report as well as a grade which will allow them to benchmark their own progress as well as compare themselves to other studio facilities across the globe. 

Timeline for 2023/24


Register to join the Standard by completing this form:

For any further questions about the process, please get in touch by emailing

1st July-30th Nov ’23

Submission window opens and closes on 30th November 2023

Dec '23 - March '24

Reports processed for all participating studios

April '24

Individual reports completed and sent out with results to all participating studios

Watch our webinar

Watch the webinar on YouTube

Well done to the studios who took part in the inaugural year of the Studio Sustainability Standard!

3 Mills Studios

BBC Studioworks

BT Studios

Elstree Studios

Garden Studios

IMG Studios

Maidstone Studios

Sony Pictures Studios LA

TBY2 (a Bottle Yard facility)

Wolf Studios Wales

Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden

Wardpark Film & Television Studios

The new Studio Sustainability Standard will enable us to work closely with studios across the world, forming a global network to share best practice as the industry works towards a more sustainable future. The initial research has already helped us shape how we build Sky Studios Elstree, our new state of the art film and TV studio opening later this year, all part of Sky’s overall ambition to become Net Zero Carbon by 2030

— Bee Devine, Director of Content Operations, Sky Studios

Studio Sustainability Standard

Why join?

There are plenty of benefits to signing up to the Studio Sustainability Standard

Provides guidance for sustainability improvement

Measures and reports on emissions related to Scopes 1 & 2

Is flexible, and enables different performance entry levels

Takes into account different studio types and geographic locations

Encourages an holistic approach to environmental and social issues

Helps studios to focus on largest impacts and greatest opportunity to control / influence

Provides external recognition via industry recognised logo

Overcomes challenges in benchmarking performance data

Rewards good performance

Provides clear pathway to align with Net Zero legislation and current reporting processes

Terms of Reference

Want to find out more about how the standard is assessed and governed? Take a look at our Terms of Reference doc  which also includes details on the assessment components, and process for updates.

Scope of Standard

This document sets out the scope of the Studio Sustainability Standard, the material sustainability topics it addresses and the evidence base and process for its development and continual improvement.

Sony Pictures and Sony Pictures Studios are delighted to join albert in the launch of the Studio Sustainability Standard scheme. We are committed to achieving a zero environmental footprint across our global operations including at the Studio Lot in Culver City California, which is the home of the original Wizard of Oz. The Studio Sustainability Standard will help our team track progress, be an eco signal to clients and employees, and facilitate collaboration through the sharing of best practices with studios globally

— John Rego, VP of Safety and Sustainability - Sony Pictures Entertainment

A Screen New Deal

In September 2020, albert – alongside BFI and Arup – released the Screen New Deal report. The report was a first of its kind, exploring and measuring the carbon impact of a tent pole film, understanding the challenges and practicalities of the day to day in a film studio and laying out a blueprint for how studios could make changes across the board to reach Net Zero.

Find out more

The average tentpole film generates 2,840t of CO2e, the equivalent of 11 trips to the Moon

— Screen New Deal Report, 2020

Putting the report into action

The Screen New Deal report concluded that profound changes are clearly needed at all stages of a film’s lifecycle if our industry is serious about transitioning to Net Zero.

Since its release, albert has worked on several initiatives to put the findings of the report into action, from department focussed events to the launch of the Screen New Deal: Transformation Plan.

The studio sustainability standard is the latest initiative which has been developed to help our industry focus, measure and report on their biggest environmental impacts.

Screen New Deal

Joining the Studio Sustainability Standard scheme is the latest step in our ambition to become a sustainable broadcaster. We continue to develop innovative ways of reducing our carbon footprint while enhancing creativity, such as our use of new cloud-based tools and de-centralised remote productions for hundreds of live productions around football, rugby, boxing and documentaries in 2022. Today’s newly-announced Studio Sustainability Standard scheme will enable us to go further, ensuring our studio-based output can meet some of the highest sustainability standards globally

— Jamie Hindhaugh, Chief Operating Officer BT Sport