Sustainability in the media and entertainment industry organisation albert has released an in depth guide to help the screen industry reduce its impact on biodiversity in every area of production from planning to props.
The guide includes a clear categorisation of the kinds of impacts a production could have on biodiversity, including in the supply chain and production practices.
It includes practical tips, checklists for how to avoid, minimise and restore potential impacts and details on legal requirements alongside further reading.
Speaking about the guide, Kirstie Shirra, chair of albert’s Biodiversity Working Group, said: “At albert, we have been leading the way in cutting carbon in the screen industries but it will not be possible to achieve climate targets without also addressing biodiversity. Declining biodiversity makes us more vulnerable to climate shocks like floods, fire, and drought, whereas healthy ecosystems can help store carbon. By encouraging productions to consider their biodiversity impacts, we have a real opportunity to both support nature recovery and achieve our climate goals.”
Danielle Mulder, BBC director of sustainability, added: “The publication of this new guidance marks a crucial step in empowering our sector to address the loss of biodiversity. Aiming to have a positive impact on the natural world is central to the BBC’s sustainability strategy – that’s why we are working hard to reduce our own biodiversity footprint and have supported BAFTA albert to develop this production guidance for the wider industry.”
The guide is available to download here.