Film industry touts 70 signatories for B.C.-led sustainability pact

Vancouver Film Studios is among the 70-plus signatories to the Creative Industries Pact for Sustainable Action | Photo: Rob Kruyt

What happened: Industry pact garners support from more than 70 organizations since launching two months ago

Why it matters: Film and TV industry has been pursuing efforts to reduce emissions and reduce waste in its sector

The film industry’s efforts to go green are ramping up further following the December launch of a B.C.-led initiative.

Organizers behind the Creative Industries Pact for Sustainable Action are touting more than 70 stakeholders worldwide signing on to the pledge in a span of two months.

The pact was developed over the course of a year to push organizations within the film and TV sector to limit their emissions and reduce waste.

While the pact is not a legally binding agreement, signatories are expected to implement strategies to make their work more environmentally sustainable and establish metrics to quantify, track, and report on resource consumption and emissions.

Signatories are expected to report results on even-numbered years.

Vancouver Film Studios, Portable Electric Ltd., the Directors Guild of Canada’s B.C. chapter and the Canadian Media Producers Association’s B.C. branch are among the notable West Coast stakeholders to sign on.

The pact was drafted by B.C.-based sustainability consulting firm Green Spark Group, which is now administering it on a pro-bono basis.

It’s not the only green initiative aimed at the film and TV sector to be undertaken in the past few months in B.C.

Vancouver city council passed a motion in the summer of 2019 instructing city staff to work with the film industry to eliminate diesel generators from location shoots and develop electric infrastructure for crews to plug in to.

Meanwhile, the pact itself is slated to be presented at a February 7 panel discussion at the European Co-Production Forum in Brussels.