The EFAD Sustainability Working Group was initiated in February 2020 with the objective to exchange best practices and information on sustainable initiatives launched by national film funds and other partners from the public and private sectors.
It is chaired by Tim Wagendorp, sustainability coordinator at the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).
Its objectives are:
- Driving the shift towards reaching the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the screen industries of each of the EFAD members;
- Exchanging about best practices on sustainability, collecting and updating them regularly, in close cooperation European organisations (Cine-Regio, EFARN);
- Collaborating on shared toolkits and frameworks to increase sustainable practice and offer useful resources to members and broader industry;
- Focusing on interventions to increase sustainability throughout the life cycle/value chain of film, from script & development through to exhibition, online distribution and audience engagement, and linking to education and research;
- Preparing common recommendations to the EU institutions and other relevant organisations.
EFAD members initiatives
Org. / country
|Belgium (Dutch speaking) - VAF||VAF is one of the frontrunners in the field of sustainable production: sustainable actions are a formal requirement within our support for creation. The customized coaching has measurable effects. Clever choices in the field of transport, energy, catering, waste and material and pre- and postproduction can also result in financial benefits.
In 2018 VAF sustainability approach was widened, using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) of the United Nations as a moral compass, aiming to translate them into specific and inspiring actions for the broad media sector. They guide and inspire throughout the entire media chain: from school, script, production to screening.
VAF strengthens its sustainable knowledge, tools and expertise and strives towards a more uniform approach on the EU level. By exchanging knowledge they aim to implement sustainable measures throughout the entire audiovisual chain, working with cinemas and festivals, writers, producers, academic researchers, etc.
|Denmark||The big national TV broadcaster TV2 has chosen to certify some of the biggest studio productions it is doing. As of now only the show “Vild med dans” (Dancing with the stars) has been fully certified, the first live production in Europe to do so, but the other productions are using the GREEN FILM principles and three other big productions are in the process of achieving the certification. It is taking some time to get the certification implemented in a Danish context but this news shows we are beginning to be on track.||here|
|Finland||From early 2022, five production companies have tested the UK-developed Albert toolkit in Finland to reduce the emissions of their selected productions. The system is free at the point of use for productions and will now be available for all Finland professionals. The use of Albert is part of the Foundation’s sustainability strategy, aiming to develop the film and TV industry's social, cultural, economic, and ecological sustainability.||here|
|France||The CNC launched the “Plan Action !” on June 2021, in order to set up a public policy for an energy and ecological transition in the cinema, audiovisual and moving image sectors. This plan aims at encouraging, defining, as well as imposing new obligations on the professionals of these sectors, within a span of 3 years (2022-2024). More specifically, in 2022, the CNC established an Observatory for ecological transition, which studies the green practices and energy impact of the sectors concerned (the first study on the energy impact of cinemas was published in June 2022). Starting in October 2022, a training programme on ecological challenges and responsible production will be offered to university students. As of March 31, 2023, producers of cinematographic works (feature films and shorts) and audiovisual works (series and one-offs) in the fiction and documentary genres will have to provide a carbon footprint for their works when applying for support. The aim is to accompany professionals towards a more responsible transformation of the film and audiovisual sectors, and to make them aware of the environmental impact of their activities, to help them reduce it and to make the eco-responsibility of French productions an issue of international attractiveness.||here & here|
|Hungary||The Hungarian Film Institute produced a short online publication with green recommendations for those who want to be more environmentally conscious in their film production. This was the first step towards a more sustainable Hungarian film industry.||here|
|Ireland||Screen Ireland has published a new Sustainability Plan outlining the agency’s ambitions to help work towards lowering the carbon footprint of Ireland’s screen industry. The new Plan sets out a series of actions and measures that Screen Ireland will take working in partnership with industry stakeholders over the next five years. Key sustainability commitments presented in the plan are: funding an in-depth assessment of the environmental impact of Ireland’s screen industry; Decarbonising Screen Ireland’s operations to become net-zero carbon by 2025; Mandatory use of a Carbon Calculator as a minimum requirement on all Screen Ireland funded productions; Developing a pilot programme to review energy consumption on productions; Providing a financial incentive pilot programme valued at up to 25K€ per production.||here|
|UK||The BFI has launched its ten-year strategy, Screen Culture 2033. This includes a National Lottery Strategy for the funding schemes it runs. Underpinning this strategy are three principles, one of which is Environmental Sustainability, including the following pledge: We will take the ecological impact of activity into all our funding decisions, and work with partners to improve it over the next 10 years. We will seek to support approaches that result in overall benefit to the environment, rather than merely seeking to reduce harm. […] Over the next 10 years, we will use our funding plans to scale requirements around environmental sustainability. We will also work with partners to develop effective support for awardees to engage with this strategic principle. The BFI’s funded feature films are required to complete BAFTA albert certification, which includes achieving carbon neutrality. All fiction short films are required to complete carbon foot printing via BAFTA albert. For documentaries, the BFI collaborated with Doc Society on their Green Filming Protocol. Research reports published to map current practice (Green Matters) and propose a sustainable studio production model (Screen New Deal). A Screen New Deal transformation pilot has been launched in Wales, focused on data collection to identify film and HETV-related services which already exist in the area, highlight service gaps and create a location-based transformation plan to decarbonize TV and film production. The BFI continues to programme work in its cinemas and platforms about the climate and ecological crisis, including Green Light: An Immersive Focus on Climate Change in 2021.|
European & International
- Eureca is a pilot project emerging from the European project Green Screen, financed by the European Regional Development Fund. Online instrument that will measure the carbon footprint of AV productions including resources to raise producers’ awareness of the impact of their activities on the environment and assist them with planning including top-end scientific conversion factors for CO2 which will facilitate sustainable filming across Europe and provide a monitoring and reporting tool which will enable the film funds to consolidate results at a regional level.
- Study on the Carbon impact of video streaming, Carbon Trust (June 2021)
- Study commissioned by the European Commission and prepared by Philipp Gassmann on: "Greening the European Audiovisual Industry" (June 2021)
- Green Screen website (Interreg funded project)
- CineRegio Green reports
- Green Film, Rating system for sustainable film production
- EUFCN Green Filming page with green protocols and best practices developed and adopted by film commissions
- Facebook group Agora for sustainable Filming