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Charter on Green Production

Recognizing the environmental impacts that audio-visual production activities can cause, and the urgent necessity to adopt sustainable solutions as a way to minimize these impacts,


We, as European Producers:

Agree to start actively promoting green technologies, workflows and best practices with a low environmental impact.

  • Wish to lead and set new sustainable standards for our industry.

  • Propose the following principles as Green Guidelines to follow to become a Green Producer.

  • Enhance the European and national support system to incentivise Green Producers.


Agree to these Green Guidelines:

1. To do a training session or certification on being green in our industry or to hire at least one green production expert within the production department, on set, responsible to coordinate the activities of all departments: “The Green Consultant”.


2. To use a Carbon Calculator to calculate emissions on a very disaggregated and report the carbon footprint of the production and use a Calculator to compare products to select production materials with lower CO2 emissions.

3. To aim to reduce the CO2 emissions to a minimum when using transportation by promoting and encouraging:

  1. The use of trains instead of planes for trips under 5 hours.

  2. Cars and trucks which that are either Hybrid, CNG, LPG or electric - Trucks need to be CNG, LNG or Diesel EURO 6.

  3. The production company to communicate to everyone working on the production, the desired preference of using public means of transport to get to work (public transport tickets at reduced costs or covered by the company, car-sharing, carpools, electric, CNG or hybrid cars).

  4. The production company to prefer mobility partners with an environmental program.

  5.  On the set mainly bicycles or electric/solar-driven vehicles.

  6. Minimising travel through having physical meetings, communication, and events online when able.


4. To ensure a proper energy efficiency on set:

  1. Electricity has to be, when available, from renewable sources.

  2. Where a connection to the public grid is possible, electricity from the public grid is used.

  3. Generators are only allowed for a maximum of 3 days per location unless there is no way to connect to the public grid. In this case, recourse is made to mobile rechargeable electric power systems when possible, Stage 5 generators or efficient hybrid generators with an integrated battery system.

  4. Generators under 10K are only allowed with solar/wind, propane/butane or gasoline.

  5. LED lighting and other energy-saving technologies have to be used as much as possible.


5. To adopt adequate waste disposal and recycling methods

  1. Waste separation is mandatory everywhere, it must be separated in such a way that it can be handled by the local or private waste management facilities.

  2. No disposable plastic cups, bowls, plates, and cutlery allowed

  3. No plastic bottles allowed with the exception of refundable PET bottles.

  4. No plastic giveaways, balloons and merchandise.

  5. Wastewater shall not be discharged directly into water bodies. Wastewater disposal complies with the legal provisions and has to be checked and approved by the authorities.

  6. Promote and use recycled paper for all purposes. Furthermore, to promote electronic rather than paper communication.

  7. Toxic materials like Styrofoam, PVC and Isocyanates are forbidden

  8. If temporary buildings or structures are established for the film production (tents, caravans, etc.) they shall be completely dismantled and either reused or all materials separated by type of material and recycled/disposed of according to the legal requirements.


6. To take into consideration, in the process of selecting a location, environmental aspects such as the accessibility by public means of transport, the possibility of a local mains power supply, nature conservation, etc.

  1. Opting for locations with existing infrastructure, such as access to mains power and water supply, reduces the need for additional resources and minimizes resource consumption.

  2. Choosing locations with good accessibility by public transportation or proximity to urban centers can reduce the reliance on individual vehicles, promoting more sustainable transportation options

7. To make best use of local resources and surroundings

  1. Catering has to be mostly regional and if possible organic– vegetarian/vegan meals are offered and encouraged, considering the production, distribution, consumption and disposition of food. 

  2. Tap water (if clean and drinkable) makes a big difference compared to bottled water. It must be provided for free at all times.

  3. Damage caused to fauna and flora must be avoided (no use of staples of trees, instead of elastic ribbons/ropes).

  4. Special effects are produced digitally and if not environmental hazards are to be taken into consideration.


8. To take specific measures in some particular technical departments:

  1. Production Design and Set Construction: Make sets and decorations recyclable, avoid the use of plastic and promote wood and paper. Use only FSC-certified wood and wood products for construction.

  2. Costume Department: Avoid the use of plastic materials and discourage one-use wardrobe. Washing with “clean” detergents.

  3. Makeup and hair: Use of environmentally friendly materials.

  4. Special effects: They must be produced digitally and if not, environmental hazards are to be taken into consideration.


We recognize that sustainable development is intersectional, and we encourage you also to read and sign our Gender Equality Charter.


The companies signing this chart will be able to use this logo in all their communication and credits as a proof of their engagement toward a more sustainable production :


They have signed the charter:

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