Hollywood’s quest to cut carbon emissions

As climate themes grow in television shows, the entertainment industry tackles behind-the-scenes decarbonization.

Claire Elise Thompson reports for Grist.


In short:

  • TV and film productions are significant carbon emitters, especially due to fuel use for transportation and diesel generators.
  • The Sustainable Entertainment Alliance promotes greener practices like hydrogen and solar power, sustainable set construction, and reducing food waste.
  • Reality TV shows and documentaries are leading the way in showcasing sustainable practices on-screen and off.

Key quote:

“There are so many benefits to the alternatives to diesel generators — one of them obviously being emissions — but they’re also quieter and less polluting.”

— Sam Read, executive director of the Sustainable Entertainment Alliance

Why this matters:

The entertainment industry’s decarbonization efforts can reduce environmental impacts and set a positive example for millions of viewers. As TV shows incorporate sustainable practices, they help normalize eco-friendly behaviors and inspire change.

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