Film London pilot project to supply renewable energy to productions in the capital that will reduce air pollution, CO2 emissions, and noise pollution has officially begun.
The Grid Project, first announced in March 2022, enables productions to access green energy via the mains network, installing an electrical feeder pillar at a key unit base in Victoria Park, London.
Detailed analysis completed by ARUP for Victoria Park estimated that during 2018, production generators consumed 64,082 litres of diesel and 1,656 litres of petrol. The estimated CO2 emitted by the generators was 169,556kg.
The installation of electrical feeder pillars will reduce CO2 emissions and air pollutants from Particulate Matter and Nitrogen Dioxide by 100 per cent at point of use, said Film London, as well as significantly reducing noise pollution. The power cabinets are also available for use during events held in the park, reducing diesel generator usage from other industries.
Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “This is a never before done and innovative project in the UK, which we hope creates a template for future developments. We are fully committed to making our screen industries as sustainable as possible, and initiatives like the Grid Project are a brilliant way of guaranteeing lower levels of emissions and noise pollution.
“We are very proud to have led on the project, and I hope that the initiative can encourage new projects to enact similar sustainable solutions throughout London and the UK. Working together to address environmental challenges is crucial, and I would like to thank all our partners at NBCUniversal, the GLA and Interreg Europe who have been so valuable in supporting the launch of the project.’’