SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES2019-07-11T18:17:59+01:00

Shared commitment

We support albert, the carbon calculator designed especially for the TV industry which benchmarks the carbon emissions on TV productions, introduced by the BBC and BAFTA in 2011. We are committed to promoting sustainable practices on site and assisting productions in achieving their albert accreditation. Click the thumbnails (below left) to read the albert+ case studies for recent productions we’ve hosted.

Read albert’s green production tips for more information. Here are just a few of the ways we encourage productions to go green:

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Connecting productions with local crew

We’ve teamed up with film and TV information publishers KAYS to develop the Kays Bristol app, designed to help productions to 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, making it easier for productions to find what they need nearby. 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 own username and password.

Recycling

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

Albert+ case study: APA at The Bottle Yard Studios

Set repurposing and storage

We encourage productions to avoid sending sets to landfill wherever possible when they have wrapped. We support them to enlist the help of Dresd, which has assisted a number of our past productions including Poldark, The Spanish Princess, The White Princess, Galavant, Broadchurch and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies. We own a scenery store which contains reusable flatage from previous productions. Productions using build space are invited to use this free of charge in order to reduce resources and transport. In many cases we connect productions with other incoming productions that can reuse materials. We also connect productions to local charities and community initiatives that can benefit from materials when productions are finished with them.

Albert+ case study: Trollied at The Bottle Yard Studios

Finding the right supplier

We encourage productions to use our on site suppliers as much as possible, to reduce carbon emissions. The Bottle Yard Studios has more than 20 on site companies offering creative, digital, technical and audio/visual expertise, grips, transport, structural, fire and safety assistance. Each of them shares our sustainability policy and our commitment to help productions keep environmental impact low.

Power

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

Accommodation and travel

We encourage productions to use local accommodation in order to reduce travel and we supply a ‘digs list’  to productions which includes 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. Our onsite chauffeur service Studio Cars provides high quality, low emission chauffeur services to film and TV productions based with us. Their fleet includes one electric car charged at our own on site charging points. We plans to add further charging points in order to providing more emission-free transport.