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Sky Sports News receives albert certification

Among its efforts to achieve carbon neutral targets, Sky Sports News has significantly reduced its emissions through remote productions; and switched all its outside broadcast generators to run on biofuel in the UK and Ireland

Sky Sports News has met the sustainability targets required to achieve albert certification.

The accreditation follows on from the sports channel’s Transfer Deadline Day broadcast, which has been albert certified since October 2020.

Sky Sports News has earned albert certification for all its live host broadcasts; significantly reduced its emissions through remote productions; and switched all its outside broadcast generators to run on biofuel in the UK and Ireland.

It has also implemented turning off equipment when not in use, reducing employee travel and using electric taxis when available, crewing local operators for shoots, and offsetting the remaining carbon with certified carbon offsets.

Jonathan Licht, managing director at Sky Sports said: “We’re delighted that Sky Sports News is now a carbon neutral channel and has received certification from albert. The dedicated team has worked tirelessly to improve the sustainability of our productions, reduce the environmental impact, and support Sky’s overall target of being net zero carbon by 2030.

“We hope our progress will inspire positive change in the industry and that collectively we can use the power of sport to encourage sports fans to reduce their own carbon footprint.”

Wales to develop ‘Screen New Deal’ production sustainability plan

Meanwhile, the BFI, BAFTA albert and Arup are working with Creative Wales, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Clwstwr to conduct localised data collection and mapping to develop a ‘Screen New Deal’ production sustainability plan.

The aim is to identify film and High End TV-related services which already exist in the area, highlight service gaps and move the creation of a location-based transformation plan to decarbonise TV and film production forward.

All productions will be asked to measure their carbon footprints; encourage suppliers to share their data on energy and travel; and stimulate the creation of new products and services such as reuse networks.

According to albert, the first 12 months will focus on data collection followed by the development of the transformation plan over the following six months. Data and learnings gathered during the mapping and creation of the plan will be shared with other UK screen clusters looking to achieve zero-carbon and zero-waste in order to support the production sector more broadly. The 18-month programme will deliver the transformation plan by mid-2023.

Carys Taylor, director of BAFTA albert, said: “We’re really excited to roll out this next phase of the Screen New Deal project in Wales. The TV and Film production industry has an unparalleled opportunity to be the catalyst of change, both in front and behind the camera, and I’m delighted this collaboration will be spearheading the exploration of practical, location-based solutions for decarbonising TV and film production.”