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Canada’s CBC introduces carbon footprint rules for original productions

Canadian public broadcaster CBC is expanding its sustainability drive with the introduction of new rules that will require its original productions to measure their carbon footprint.

Under the new rules, which will come into effect on January 3, 2022, the pubcaster will require all English-language productions with budgets over C$400,000 (US$317,000) to record their carbon footprint.

Carbon emissions will be measured using Albert, the industry tool for calculating the carbon footprint of film and TV productions.

CBC began using Albert earlier this year on in-house productions, including Gary’s Magic Fort and Family Feud Canada, as part of its five-year environmental sustainability strategy Greening Our Story.

“Climate change is the challenge of our lifetime, and the time to act is now. With the ever-increasing pressures on our climate from human activity, every decision we now make about any aspect of CBC’s business will be put through an environmental lens,” said CBC executive VP Barbara Williams in a statement.

As of January, the plan will be expanded beyond its in-house shows to include projects from independent production companies.

“By working with Canadian independent producers to track carbon footprints across our original productions, we will better understand their environmental impacts and create opportunities to advance more sustainable practices,” added Williams.

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