Sustainability2021-05-21T16:34:14+01:00

#wearebottleyardGREEN

The Bottle Yard Studios (TBYS) occupies a seven acre South Bristol site that was previously used as a winery, with buildings ranging between 7,000-200,000 square feet that were built between 1950-60. Business brought in by TBYS has created a continued use for these buildings, which became vacant in 2010. We are essentially one enormous re-purposing project and we are very proud of that!

TBYS and its partners Bristol Film Office (BFO) are committed to reducing the carbon output generated by activities on site at TBYS and filming on location around the city, to align the production sector’s activities with Bristol’s ambitious target to become carbon neutral by 2030; one-city-climate-strategy.pdf (www.bristolonecity.com).

The Bottle Yard Studios archive photo – Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry (image courtesy of www.bristolpast.co.uk)

Together, we established our Green Team in 2020 and developed a five year Environmental Action Plan which seeks to implement a number of de-carbonisation projects to our buildings and systems, as well as to assist clients to become more sustainable whilst working at TBYS and/or on location.

As a UNESCO City of Film (designated in 2017), Bristol is committed to fully integrating culture and creativity into local strategies and plans for sustainable city development. The Bristol UNESCO City of Film Action Plan 2021-25 commits Bristol’s film, TV and moving image sector to the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a specific focus on SDG 13 (Climate Action). Through BFO, Bristol City Council oversees the successful delivery of the Bristol UNESCO City of Film Action Plan, leading collaborative sector action to tackle climate change.

Bristol City Council’s Energy Team is fully engaged with TBYS and BFO’s Green Team. We are currently collaborating on a number of de-carbonisation projects that are planned for implementation at TBYS during 2021/2022.

View our full Sustainability Statement here

A city-wide approach

The Bottle Yard Studios is a member of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, a consortium of over 850 organisations pledging to “build a sustainable Bristol with a high quality of life for all.”

Industry collaboration

We fully support albert, the industry organisation working to enable every part of the screen industry to eliminate waste and carbon emissions from production. We promote albert’s green production tips and are committed to assisting productions to achieve albert accreditation. Click on the thumbnails the below to read case studies for sustainable productions we’ve hosted.

Carbon Literacy qualified

Our Business Manager Katherine Nash has undergone bespoke training delivered by BAFTA’s albert consortium to become our official Carbon Literacy representative.

Connecting local crew

We’ve teamed up with publishers KAYS to develop the Kays Bristol app, designed to help productions source local crew and facilities companies to reduce emissions. The app lists details of cameras, props, costumes, studios, catering, lighting and freelance crew within a 50 mile radius of the Studios. Download it from your app store by searching for ‘KAYS Bristol’ and sign in with your KAYS login details. If you’re not already registered with KAYS, visit www.Kays.co.uk and ‘Register’ to create your username and password.

Recycling

We provide recycling points in offices across our site and ask tenants to recycle wherever possible. We also provide productions with details of local companies that dispose of waste sustainably.

Suppliers

We encourage productions to use our on site suppliers as much as possible. Our tenant hub is home to more than 20 companies offering creative, digital, technical and audio/visual expertise, grips, transport, structural, fire and safety assistance. Each company shares our sustainability policy and commitment to keeping environmental impact low.

Set repurposing and storage

We encourage productions to avoid sending sets to landfill wherever possible. We advise them to enlist the help of Dresd which has assisted a number of our past productions. Our scenery store contains reusable flatage from past productions that incoming productions are invited to use free of charge. In many cases we connect incoming productions with outgoing productions to encourage reuse of production office resources. We also connect productions to local charities and community initiatives that can benefit from materials when productions are finished with them.

Power

We have a rolling programme to replace existing lighting with LED lighting and have installed photo voltaic cells to provide solar power. We enable productions to work off local power in our build spaces.

Accommodation

We encourage productions to use local accommodation to reduce travel and supply a ‘digs list’ with details of everything from 5* hotels to spare rooms in local houses. We also refer productions to Bristol Film Office’s accommodation database which lists film friendly accommodation partners.

Travel

Our chauffeur service Studio Cars provides high quality, low emission chauffeur services to productions based with us. Their fleet includes one electric car charged at on site charging points. We plan to add further charging points to support more emission-free transport.

Resources, advice and events

We host regular free events, such as travel advice sessions and bike servicing, to help productions and tenants discover new ways to be sustainable.

We're pleased to share resources and reports like the ones below, produced by leading industry organisations to further the cause of sustainable TV & film production across the UK.

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