Hollywood is going green. At least it is taking steps towards becoming a more environmentally-friendly industry. The Producers Guild of America recently revealed its 2017 Green Production Guide to serve as a resource to help TV and film creators reduce their environmental impact.
Many companies, such as Disney, Amblin, Fox, Universal, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros, are already on board and teaming up with the PGA in order to make this initiative come to fruition. According to the Hollywood Reporter “The guide was created through the research gathered on sustainable studio projects like The Fate of the Furious, Jason Bourne, War for the Planet of the Apes, Legion and Black-ish, among others.” Some Other projects include Fifty Shades Darker, Daddy’s Home, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Blacklist, Beauty and the Beast.
The guide will include over 2,000 eco-vendors, a carbon calculator to track a production’s carbon footprint, as well as advice to help each department set goals for sustainability.
The guide will also feature the Production Environmental Actions Checklist (PEACH). This checklist is used by the Environmental Media Association (EMA) to asses whether a production can be awarded the “EMA Green Seal.” The seal has previously been given to projects such as “Better Call Saul,” “Hidden Figures,” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.
“This collaboration between EMA and PGA Green is one that will bring more awareness to the importance of sustainable production and one that will continue to direct our industry to the tools and recognition of green production practices,” said Debbie Levin, president and CEO of EMA.
The big six studios are 100% committed to this initiative. “These tools give us the data to continuously improve our sustainability practices and achieve greener productions,” said John Rego, VP of environmental sustainability at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
In the past, Hollywood has not worried about their carbon footprint. If you would like to read about some of the industry’s “most wasteful movie shoots”, click here.