After the German Producer’s Association issued a self-committment on green film production, the European Producers Club (EPC) follows with a green charter. The European network that brings together more than hundred production companies from Europe and North America, compiled green guidelines, which suggest the use of technologies, workflows and best practices with a low environmental impact. The package of measures includes to hire a green consultant for a production and the use of a carbon calculator.
For the transportation it is recommended to take trains instead of airplanes if the travel time is shorter than five hours. Concerning this, the German Independent Producer’s Association sets higher standards with the rule to take a train when the travel time will exceed six hours. At least, the EPC recommendation is a bit stricter than the one by European pay TV network Sky which allows crew members to fly if they travel further than 400 kms. When choosing locations, factors such as distance, reachability and access to public transportation are also to be considered. Further measures are referring to the use of electric, hybrid or CNG/LPG-powered vehicles, the use of public transportation, car pooling and electric bicycles.
As energy source on set, renewables from the grid are recommended. The use of generators should be limited to three days per location. If any possible, production should use hybrid aggregates or generators EU Stage V, which are required for all new registrations in regards to the Regulation (EU) 2016/1628 since October 2016. Furthermore, the use of energy saving technologies such as LED is suggested.
Waste management also needs to be done as well as the avoidance of single-use dishes, plastic bottles and plastics give-aways. The use of recycling paper is recommended while environmentally harmful substances such as styrofoam and PVC is forbidden. For catering, regional and if possible organic vegetarian/vegan are suggested as well as the use of tap water.
At production design and set construction, the recyclability of used materials should be considered, costumes washed with environmentally acceptable detergents as well as environmentally friendly products in the hair and make up department. Special effects should be produced digitally and if not possible, environmental hazards should be considered.
By compiling a Green Charter, the EPC doesn’t only want to set new environmental standards for the film production but also to address the national and European funding systems to create incentives for green productions.
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