As the lead body for film in the UK, we embrace best practice and take seriously our responsibility to co-ordinate a UK-wide sustainability strategy for all parts of the film sector.

BFI and industry

Our commitments:

  • Supporting BAFTA’s albert* guidance and initiatives for greater sustainability in the UK film, television and games sectors
  • A requirement that all productions which receive BFI funding must complete and submit a BAFTA albert* carbon calculation on completion of the project

We are also joining other major arts organisations in recognising and voicing our commitment on this globally important agenda by declaring a climate emergency. You can find our full declaration here. We are supporting Culture Declares Emergency and looking at how we can build on our work to date (see pdfs below) by making further improvements across our own operational activities, to put it centre stage in our role as a cultural leader, and in supporting and working with industry.

* BAFTA albert is an online resource for the film and television industries to take action on environmental sustainability. It includes a calculator to estimate the carbon footprint of a screen production.

Our report Green matters — Environmental sustainability and film production: an overview of current practice draws together evidence and first-hand experience gathered from interviews with industry professionals working across film production offering practical advice and support to help meet the UK’s legally binding carbon reduction commitments of zero-carbon, zero-waste.

BFI domestic — annual targets

We monitor and measure the carbon generated by BFI activities and reporting the results annually to DCMS. We review our own sustainability targets annually and in 2019/20 these will cover:

  • Waste management – we are refreshing guidance to staff on the use of recycling streams and maintaining our zero to landfill policy
  • Energy – our energy consumption in absolute terms continues to fall year on year. We are currently trialling the overnight shut down of air handling units at our Master Film Store to further reduce our energy usage
  • Renewable energy – we are committed to using renewable energy to power our properties
  • Resource consumption – we are looking to replace the use of paper towels at our head office with energy efficient dryers. In the first year this will achieve carbon savings, but will be less impactful longer-term as the national grid moves away from fossil fuels
  • Biodiversity – we have partnered with local beekeeping trusts and now have four hives based on our sites. The BFI National Archive in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire is using bee-friendly planting to improve invertebrate biodiversity
  • Bicycles – we have cycle shelters at all sites and staff have free access to Santander bikes for travel between sites.


Further information

Contact us for more information about the sustainability management system being used at the BFI.

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