BBC launches mandatory carbon tracking scheme

edie.net, 10 February, 2017.

The BBC announced yesterday (9 February) that as of 3 April, all programmes commissioned by the broadcaster would have to use the Albert carbon calculator to track emissions and uncover best practices to reduce environmental impacts.

Most BBC shows are already using the calculator to track emissions. More than 2,000 users across 300 companies are currently signed up to Albert, and 63 shows have been certified for implementing sustainable production techniques, achieving a carbon reduction against industry benchmarks and involving key stakeholders.

BBC’s director of content Charlotte Moore said: “The BBC is an industry leader in sustainable television production, and the Albert scheme has played a large part in that. Making the calculator mandatory is a practical way to help production teams reduce their impact on the environment and to embed sustainable production values in all our shows”.

Albert was developed after an initial, in-house carbon footprint scheme was trialled for Blue Peter in 2008. It has since been managed and supported by the BAFTA Albert Consortium. In May 2014, the Albert logo appeared on television for the first time during an end credit sequence.

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