Carbon impact of a movie

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The Context
Director Nic Balthazar wanted to understand the carbon impact of his movie ‘Tot Altijd’. Together with his crew he was already taking initiatives during production to reduce their carbon footprint. But he didn’t have any idea how much these were really helping.

The Challenge
How to measure the carbon footprint of a movie and specifically the impact of the production process on the environment?

The Trajectory

  • Take 1. Futureproofed calculated the extensive carbon footprint of Nic Balthazar's film ‘Tot Altijd’, both for the operations: lighting, crew and actors' transportation, catering etc. as for the extended impact such as distributing the film etc.

  • Take 2. We managed to define the production-related carbon footprint, to scale the existing initiatives and to set the scene for further offsetting of the remaining emissions (executed by a third party).

Results and Resolutions
A first in the European movie industry. As far as we know, this is the first time a European movie production was quantified in this extended scope. This provided insights into the scalability of a movie production’s carbon footprint. The project helped to raise awareness about the impact of the industry on the environment. But also about the ways to tackle emissions effectively during production. In june of 2012, the results of this collaborative approach will be shared with the rest of the flemish audio-visual industry, in order to further encourage low-carbon filmmaking.

And what have we learned for your benefit? We now understand the footprint of a movie, realize what actions to take to reduce the carbon impact during movie productions, and have ideas for even more dramatic positive environmental impact in the movie business. Stay tuned.

Country: Zaventem, Belgium
Client: Eyeworks
Sector: Media/Audiovisual
Services: Carbon & environmental management
Year: 2011

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