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BBC sets out plans to reduce carbon footprint in coming year

Broadcaster has published its Annual Plan 2023/24, which also sets out its plans for technological innovation

As part of the BBC’s Annual Plan, the corporation has set out its plans to reduce its carbon footprint in the coming months.

The broadcaster is aiming to be Net Zero by 2030, including a c17 per cent reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by the end of next year.

The Annual Plan 2023/24 states that the BBC has worked with a number of external partners, including Microsoft to develop an online platform to collate the BBC’s environmental data, in order to deliver its sustainability strategy.

The BBC anticipates a 14 direct emissions (Scope 1 and 2) reduction of 15 per cent this year against its baseline through a number of property upgrades and closures, states the report.

It has also worked alongside its peers to develop the Sustainability Topic Guide and Glossary as well as broadcasting Green Planet and Wild Isles to help audiences understand the impact climate change can have on bio-diversity.

“Sustainable production is a priority for the BBC and we will continue to work with producers on the steps needed to make our output more sustainable – including developing market-first tools for audio production – as well as actively collaborate with partners across the sector to decarbonise our wider industry supply chain,” states the report.

In setting out what calls its “General Duties” for 2023/24, the BBC says it intends to continue to promote technological innovation, and “maintain a leading role in research and development”.

It plans to do this by continuing to invest appropriately in the BBC’s Research and Development department in line with the BBC’s long-term objectives, as well as sharing insights from R&D via white papers and relevant professional gatherings, including standards bodies.

The full Annual Plan is available to read here.