Film London begins Phase II of The Fuel Project

"The film and TV industry must continue to work closely together to confront the challenges of climate breakdown."

By Nia Daniels 25 Oct 2023

Film London begins Phase II of The Fuel Project
Film London

Research has begun on Phase II of The Fuel Project from Film London, with funding secured from Netflix and Sky. 

The new report will be delivered by Creative Zero and Film London, consolidating last year’s initial release from the dual collaboration.  

The Fuel Project aims to provide practical information and support to screen-sector suppliers as they move towards low-carbon technologies.

Phase I assessed the use of low-carbon energy alternatives, proposing practical solutions to reduce the level of carbon emissions and air pollutants emitted by vehicle transport and mobile power units (generators) in production.
On average, around half of film and TV production greenhouse gas emissions come from road vehicles and mobile power generation (source: albert). As suppliers tend to own these technologies, a collaborative approach is key in the move towards industry-wide decarbonisation. 

The second phase of The Fuel Project will involve close collaboration with industry partners to gather essential data on total emissions created from vehicle and mobile power use. London-based production suppliers will be the base for the research; this is the first instance of this type of industry-wide data being collected in the UK film and TV industry. 
Having collected an extensive amount of data and completing a detailed analysis, The Fuel Project will then deliver a comprehensive report accessible to all. The report will reflect specific recommendations for the London Metropolitan area, with the hope that key findings can be shared across the country. 

Importantly, the report will offer industry suppliers vital next steps in a transition to decarbonised vehicle and mobile power technologies, including suggested end dates for certain high-carbon technologies.

Although the main focus is suppliers, the team behind the study is also keen to amass information from across the film and TV industry, including broadcasters, streamers, major studios, production companies, producers and sustainability professionals.

Additional information on who can complete the survey and how to do so, can also be found at the above link. The deadline for completion is 20 November 2023, with analysis and a final report delivered in 2024.
Daniela Kirchner, COO of Film London and lead partner of Green Screen, said: "The film and TV industry must continue to work closely together to confront the challenges of climate breakdown. Industry-wide collaboration is key if we are to reduce production emissions more efficiently. We are therefore delighted that Netflix and Sky will be funding the second phase of The Fuel Project, helping film and TV industry suppliers take substantial, first steps toward decarbonisation. I would like to thank them for their support in accelerating our industry’s path toward net zero emissions.
"It’s also great to be working with Creative Zero on the Fuel Project again, building on research that has already helped inform more efficient sustainable practices within our sector. I look forward to seeing Phase II come to fruition in the coming months."

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