14 Feb 2022, 14:15
Jessica Bateman

German film industry plans minimum climate standards

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Film industry leaders and politicians in Germany have announced plans for climate standards in film production, Süddeutsche Zeitung Online reports. Speaking at a panel event during the Berlinale film festival, Green culture minister Claudia Roth promised to create "unified ecological minimum standards for the German film, TV and video-on-demand industry." A list of 21 standards has already been defined by the Green Shooting Working Group, which is headed up by film producer Carl Bergengruen. These include using green electricity instead of diesel generators and a ban on air travel for journeys that take less than five hours by train. A production must meet a minimum of 18 of these in order to be awarded the label "green motion."

The initiative is supported by almost all important film industry players, including the German subsidiaries of Netflix, Sky, Disney+, Ufa, Bavaria Film, Constantin Film and Vox, according to the report. Roth said the industry wants to apply the unified standards from the start of 2023. According to the panel, a typical film production produces 150 tonnes of CO2 on average, and the new standards should reduce that by two thirds.

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