European initiative to encourage green filming
A five-year pan-European initiative called Green Screen has been launched to encourage environmentally-friendly filming practices across the continent.
Led by Film London in the UK, most of the €2m budget is being provided by Interreg Europe, a France-based organisation that helps local and regional governments across the continent to develop better policy.
Green Screen will pool the experience and expertise of organisations in London, Paris, Ystad in Sweden, Rzeszow in Poland, Bucharest, Bratislava, Malaga and Flanders. The aim is to steer regional production towards reducing their carbon emissions.
“This is an exciting initiative to find practical solutions to help the continent’s screen industries reduce their carbon footprint,” said Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission.
“We’ve already notched up considerable successes with our own localised carbon reduction scheme, working with the likes of Left Bank Pictures and leading ad agency adam&eveDDB.
“I’m proud that Film London is co-ordinating this project and I’m looking forward to working with our European partners as we move towards a body of work that will produce environmental improvements at local, regional and European level.”
Film London first launched Green Screen in the English capital in March 2016, working with sustainability consultancy Greenshoot Ltd, which is also involved with the initiative’s European roll-out.
Sustainable best practice on film and TV sets can include reducing plastic water bottle usage, donating fake set walls (known as flats) to charities and recycling costumes and furniture used during a shoot.