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Netflix, German broadcasters join forces on sustainable production initiative

Group has set out 21 "must have specifications" with a production having to meet 18 of the requirements to be awarded a 'green motion' label

A number of key players in the German TV and film production industry have joined forces to launch a new initiative that sims to promote sustainability.

The Green Shooting working group counts RTL Deutschland, ProSiebenSat.1, Sky Germany and Austria, ZDF, and Netflix among its members.

It will see will see producers and commissioners commit to certain minimum ecological standards, such as using LED spotlights on set, switching to vegetarian food and avoiding short-haul flights, or switching to train journeys for the crew, to reduce their environmental impact.

The group has set out 21 “must have specifications” with a production having to meet 18 of the requirements to be awarded a ‘green motion’ label.

Head of the working group Carl Bergengruen, said: “The ecological minimum standards and the label ‘green motion’ are a strong, voluntary commitment of the German film, TV and VoD industry to better protect the climate. Our specifications are ambitious but, at the same time, realistic. This is a first, important step, combined with the goal of continuously advancing the minimum ecological standards. We also want to win more partners for this initiative. Germany needs a common ecological standard for all of its film, TV and VoD productions.”

The working group will reevaluate the minimum requirements in a years time and will adapt them to meet include new technologies and standards regarding sustainability.