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On this database, you can explore and consult environmentally sustainable tools and initiatives for the audiovisual industry such as carbon calculators, certifications, trainings, platforms, guides, and other resources that have already been implemented across Europe for audiovisual productions.

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Since these practices are flexible and adaptable to different types of productions and are also likely to be improved in the coming years, the database will be continuously updated.

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France
Seco2
Carbon Calculator
French
Secoya Eco-Tournage’s carbon calculator, Seco2, enables you to calculate the carbon footprint of your audiovisual project, regardless of its format. Based on data from ADEME, this tool has been presented to several institutions. Recently, the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC) approved Seco2 as one of the first two carbon calculators to meet its “eco-conditionality” requirements for carbon assessments of films and audiovisual works.
Hungary
ZÖLD ÚT A FENNTARTHATÓ FILMGYÁRTÁSNAK kiadvány
Guide
Hungarian
Short online publication containing green recommendations prepared for those who want to participate in Hungarian domestic film production in a more environmentally conscious manner. The link also include the recordings of a lecture on conscious motion picture production given by Green EYE productions
Sweden
Elsa Film
Carbon Calculator, Industry initiative
Swedish
ELSA Carbon Calculator is an open-access web calculator developed by designer Benedetta Crippa as part of PhD candidate Lina Persson’s artistic research project at Stockholm University of the Arts. The calculator is created in cooperation with the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and is aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of movie productions and aligning them with the Paris Agreement. The calculator helps film students and professionals to measure CO2 emissions of their movie productions using the latest data visualisation technology for the web. It has been nominated for Design S – Swedish Design Awards, a comprehensive design award, in the “Digital Products and Services” category, competing against multi-million dollar companies Kivra and EY Doberman.
Europe
Eurimages Sustainability Strategy
Film institution
English
Eurimages’ Sustainability Strategy, adopted in September 2020, aims to reduce the environmental impact of its activities and promote climate neutrality. The strategy includes measures such as assessing co-production projects based on their environmental impact, creating Eurimages Green Co-production Awards for sustainable films, and developing an e-learning platform for sustainable film production training. The strategy also focuses on encouraging a sustainable film industry, ensuring a sustainable functioning of the Fund, and fostering cooperation between member States for the implementation of sustainability measures.
Europe
GreenScreen – Interreg Europe
Film institution
English
Green Screen, a five-year project from 2017 to 2021, aimed to reduce the carbon footprint of European film production by promoting sustainable practices across the industry. The project was a partnership between eight key European film-making regions, who shared best practices in sustainable production, encouraged adoption of green measures, trained staff, created new jobs linked to sustainable working, and developed regional policies to support sustainable practice. The project was supported by the European Regional Development Fund, which aimed to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in enterprises across all sectors. The project website shares good practices, case studies, reports, and more, and also includes the European Carbon Calculator Eureca, which was developed in the framework of the project.
Europe
EUFCN engagement in sustainable filming
Film institution
English
The European Film Commission Network (EUFCN) is dedicated to promoting sustainable and efficient practices in the film industry in Europe. Film commissions play an essential role in encouraging a green-friendly approach to film production and raising awareness of the environmental impact of such productions. The EUFCN’s webpage serves as a repository of green protocols and best practices adopted by film commissions and institutions within their network. Additionally, the page provides links to major European programs and platforms focused on sustainability in the audiovisual industry. Through these efforts, the EUFCN aims to promote a more sustainable and environmentally responsible film industry in Europe.
Europe
EFAD sustainability working group
Film institution
English
The EFAD Sustainability Working Group was formed in February 2020 to share sustainable practices and initiatives among national film funds and other public and private partners. Its goals include promoting sustainable development in the screen industry, exchanging best practices, and developing toolkits and frameworks to increase sustainability. The group also aims to improve sustainability across the entire life cycle of film, from development to exhibition, distribution, and audience engagement. Finally, the group prepares recommendations for EU institutions and other organizations. The webpage includes a list of member’s initiatives and European projects focused on sustainability.
Iceland
GRÆN KVIKMYNDAGERÐ – Handbók um sjálfbæra kvikmyndaframleiðslu
Guide
Icelandic
This is the Icelandic translation of the GreenFilm protocol developed by the Trentino Film Commission in Italy. It’s a handbook designed for public film funds and service providers, TV stations, streaming platforms, and others who want to promote environmentally friendly practices in film and television production. The guide provides instructions on how to work sustainably, and includes certification for environmentally friendly film production. Filmmakers fill out a questionnaire to determine which sustainable guidelines they want to follow during filming, with certified inspectors verifying compliance during production. After production, certified inspectors confirm that guidelines were followed, and if they were, the production receives international certification and possible compensation. The guide promotes sustainability in a growing industry, provides access to international cooperation for better practices, is easy to use, and is a standardized system that makes it easier for filmmakers to coordinate sustainable practices.
Iceland
Um græna kvikmyndagerð
Film institution
Icelandic
This webpage is about sustainable filmmaking and its alignment with the objectives of the Icelandic Film Policy for 2020-30. The Icelandic Film Centre aims to promote sustainability in the production of Icelandic films. To achieve this, they require applications for production funding to include a declaration of sustainability goals and policies. The Film Centre also wants to support a professional, flexible, and family-friendly working environment for filmmakers. There are many options available to filmmakers to support sustainability in their work. The webpage provides a guidebook for sustainable filmmaking, called Green Film, which was developed by Trentino Film Commission in collaboration with the Icelandic Film Centre. The guidebook contains advice and instructions on how to change production methods and choose environmentally friendly options. The webpage also provides links to other tools and resources developed by European organizations to support sustainable filmmaking.
Germany
Green Producing: Nachhaltigkeit
im Maskenbild – Handlungshilfe
Guide
German
The “Green Producing: Nachhaltigkeit im Maskenbild – Handlungshilfe” is a checklist/guide for the makeup department of audiovisual productions, developed as part of the German film industry’s commitment to ecological minimum standards for cinema, TV, and online/VoD productions. The guide is not exhaustive but provides recommendations that can be expanded upon
United Kingdom
Working Sustainably within Camera
Guide
English
This guidance document, created by working camera workers within the BECTU Camera Branch, provides inspiration for developing sustainable practices in the camera department of audiovisual productions. It encourages collective action to challenge outdated and wasteful practices, and emphasizes the importance of department-wide awareness and responsibility.
Ireland
Sustainability Roadmap for the Irish Broadcasting Sector
Guide
English
This Roadmap document outlines a vision for a sustainable broadcasting sector in Ireland and provides a practical guide for individual broadcasters to help them on their sustainability journey. It also aims to help the sector as a whole work towards shared goals. The document includes links to online resources and is structured around three pillars of sustainability, with suggested actions and metrics to measure progress. It also highlights the importance of communicating and celebrating achievements and the potential for sector-wide sustainability reporting.
Ireland
Broadcasting Sustainability Network
Platform, Industry initiative
English
The Broadcasting Sustainability Network is a voluntary network for Irish broadcasters and their supply chains, aiming to promote best practice and support members to improve their environmental and social performance. It encourages collaboration and partnerships, and aims to inspire positive action on sustainable development. Governed by a Steering Group made up of network members, the network offers a Sustainability Roadmap for the Irish Broadcasting Sector, identifying 10 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the sector can positively impact, and offering a concrete plan for achieving sustainability goals through suggested actions across different areas.
Finland
Audiovisual Producers Finland – Strategy on Sustainability
Industry initiative
Finnish, Swedish
The page is about the work being done by Audiovisual Producers Finland (APFI) to create a national sustainability strategy that focuses on ecological aspects of productions. The strategy is based on the global Agenda2030 agenda for sustainable development and aims to develop a more sustainable working culture in the film and television sector in Finland. APFI has partnered with UK-developed international albert environmental system for the use of Finland’s audiovisual industry at a national level, offering free carbon calculator and certification process tools for production companies. APFI also organizes free albert trainings in Finnish and English.
Poland
Zielony przewodnik dla branży audiowizualnej z checklistą – Green Guide for the Audiovisual Industry with a Checklist
Guide
English, Polish, Slovak
The “Green Guide for the Audiovisual Industry with a Checklist” provides practical guidelines and recommendations to help neutralize the environmental impact of film, television, and advertising production. It addresses key decision-makers such as producers and directors, as well as suppliers and post-production companies. The guide aims to reduce CO2 emissions, waste production, and electricity consumption, which are all significant in the audiovisual sector. The guide highlights good industry practices from various European countries, with a particular focus on Poland and Slovakia. The impact of large international co-productions on the environment is also addressed, with some generating several thousand tons of CO2.
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