albert has released data from its carbon calculator and certification toolkit, revealing that in 2021 the average hour of TV contributed 5.7t CO2e per hour.
That is a 30 per cent increase compared to 2020, but significantly less than 2019’s 9.2tCO2e.
The organisation says it believes the 2020 figure was likely an anomaly brought about by lockdown and the move to remote working.
It added that 2021’s lower than expected average is an indication that sustainable practices are remaining in place, despite increased demands and pressures on the production community.
One of the largest part of any production’s footprint, regardless of genre is travel. According to albert road travel makes up the largest part of these emissions at 52 per cent, followed by air travel (35%) then rail (7%), courier (3%) boat (2%) and freight (1%).
Petrol remains the most used fuel type at 77 per cent, while hybrid and electric cars only make up 2% and <1% respectively.
Carys Taylor, director of albert said: “The 2021 data represents the first year the albert carbon calculator has recorded an increase in carbon emissions – but it was expected to be higher. 2020 saw a major reduction, partly due to Covid-related changes, so we anticipated an increase but are pleased it is still significantly lower than where we were in 2019.
“In a year where we’ve seen unprecedented demand in our industry, with added pressures of reduced workforce and some Covid restrictions still in place, we are delighted this industry is continuing to adapt and also turning its attention to making the right impact – on our screens!”