UKTV’s Expedition with Steve Backshall has become the broadcaster’s first series to be certified as a CarbonNeutral production by Natural Capital Partners.
The series, made by True to Nature, has offset its carbon emissions by funding a Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) project in the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve in Borneo, Indonesia. REDD+ projects reduce emissions and provide a natural climate solution by conserving forests from deforestation.
It was chosen because Backshall visits Borneo in episode six of the series.
Richard Watsham, UKTV’s director of commissioning, said: “Expedition with Steve Backshall is breaking new ground in many ways, from the extraordinary world firsts that Steve and his team achieve to the light that the series shines on parts of the globe unseen and unknown until now. However, there is no more important story that we tell than the need for protection and preservation of these unvisited wildernesses.
“It feels absolutely fitting that Expedition is UKTV’s first Carbon Neutral Production and even more so that we are able to support a project in a part of the world that has particular meaning to Steve as the location of his very first expeditions nearly thirty years ago.”