All BBC programmes to track carbon footprints

All BBC programmes will soon have to track their carbon footprint. From April, it will be made mandatory to use the Albert carbon calculator, a scheme to help understand the environmental impacts generated by […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

All BBC programmes will soon have to track their carbon footprint.

From April, it will be made mandatory to use the Albert carbon calculator, a scheme to help understand the environmental impacts generated by TV programme production and to promote more sustainable ways of working.

Originally devised by the BBC, the calculator has become a respected industry standard internationally.

It helps to identify where carbon hotspots are in the production process and suggests how they can be reduced.

It is already the standard for the majority of BBC productions – it encouraged the ‘Springwatch’ team to use vegetable oil and solar powered generators to power their mobile facilities base and ‘Dragon’s Den’ moved to a smaller, less power hungry studio space based on its recommendations.

It has also led the BBC Breakfast team to reduce their emissions from travel by encouraging the use of public transport such as trains over flying and using low-emission hire vehicles and taxis.

BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore said: “The BBC is an industry leader in sustainable television production and the Albert scheme has played a large part in that.

“Making the calculator mandatory is a practical way to help production teams reduce their impact on the environment and to embed sustainable production values in all our shows.”