Getting Started

Before taking action, screen production companies need to become aware of their environmental impacts. e.g. the ways in which the company may cause damage or harm to the environment. Many of the impacts will already be known or be obvious to you and quick gains can be made by starting with the common-sense tips for your screen production activity in the Tools (Office, Behind the Screen, Location, On Screen, Off Screen).

Addressing your environmental impacts

The environmental review will identify opportunities for reducing environmental impacts. Where a number of options for improving environmental performance have been identified, the way forward may be clear. Where capital expenditure is required, it may be necessary to present a business case to senior management. This may include:

  • Baseline information and data about the impact
  • Explanation for the environmental issue of concern
  • Potential environmental improvements
  • Comparison of options
  • Costs, savings and pay-back periods
  • Business and environmental benefits.

  • Many improvements can be made with little or no cost through good housekeeping measures, resource efficiency or by adopting best practice, many of these improvements are detailed throughout the toolkit. There are also many resources and tools available through government agencies, local councils and business support organisations to assist companies in addressing particular issues such as energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste minimisation.

    An understanding of your company’s business activities, and the way these are managed, may help you identify ways of introducing environmental improvements into existing procedures, processes, and systems. In many cases, environmental criteria can be incorporated into health and safety systems, purchasing procedures, and operational plans in the office, studio and on location. The toolkit provides many examples of environmental criteria that can be incorporated into screen production activities.

    The environmental impacts of some activities, processes, products, or services may not be apparent without further research and there are many examples of practices found to be unacceptable after new scientific discoveries have been made. Joining a business support organisation such as the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development (NZBCSD) or the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) will help you keep up to date with environmental issues and best practice. These organisations produce sustainable business tools and guidance and organise networking events and conferences.

    One specific environmental impact that the screen production industry must address is greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. In 2008, in his speech, IPCC Chairman Mr Rajendra Pacuhauri reported that Global greenhouse gas emissions have risen by 70% between 1970 and 2004 and are continuing to increase. To reduce the severity of climate change for future generations we must to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fast. Production companies should begin to measure greenhouse gas emissions, implement opportunities to reduce them and consider participating in reputable greenhouse gas offsetting schemes. In the first instance reduction of greenhouse gas emissions at source is the most important step. Many of the common sense tips through the toolkit will help achieve this however, measuring and knowing your footprint is the most important step to reducing it.
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