The Bottle Yard Studios is proud to have been a member of the working group behind the new Studio Sustainability Standard, launched today. Designed by albert – the industry organisation for environmental sustainability in TV in film – alongside global engineering and consulting firm Arup, the global, voluntary scheme will help studios measure and reduce the environmental impact of their facilities.

The Studio Sustainability Standard is designed to help studio facilities used for filming to reduce their environmental impact by focusing on six key areas: Climate, Circularity, Nature, People, Management and Data. Studios who take part in the scheme will submit data annually under each key area for assessment. In return, each studio will receive a bespoke sustainability report impact, as well as an overall sustainability score, allowing studios to compare themselves to the wider industry standard.

Carys Taylor, Director of albert, said: “I’m really excited that we’re launching this new global standard for the industry. The Screen New Deal report produced in 2020 by albert, BFI and Arup highlighted the systemic change required at all stages of a film’s lifecycle for the industry to transition to Net Zero. At albert, our role is to support the industry with practical initiatives that can help achieve this goal. The Studio Sustainability Standard is one such way in which we can help. By creating a globally recognised and respected standard, we hope to support all studio facilities, and the productions they house, who are actively looking into ways to reduce their environmental impact.”

By taking part, individual studios will be able to build up a holistic picture of their environmental impact. The bespoke sustainability report they receive will lay out the key findings and allow studios to make targeted, business decisions that can have a positive impact on the facility, a production’s carbon footprint and the wider environment. In addition, the studio will also receive a grade which will allow them to benchmark their own progress and compare themselves to other studio facilities across the globe.

Jess Kennedy, Associate Director – Sustainability at Arup, said: “The Studio Sustainability Standard will provide a benchmark for progressive studios to use as they strive to improve their environmental and social impact. This standard, an industry first, has stemmed from our work with albert on the Screen New Deal and we believe it has the potential to raise the profile of sustainability within the industry and drive change.”

The Studio Sustainability Standard has been designed with a number of leading studios including: BBC Studioworks, The Bottle Yard Studios, BT Sport Studios – Stratford, Ealing Studios, Elstree Studios, FOX, Sky Studios Elstree, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The British Film Commission, The British Film Institute, Members of The Sustainable Production Alliance, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and Wolf Studio Wales.

For more information about the Studio Sustainability Standard, click here