ITV commits to be a net-zero carbon organisation by 2030

ITV has committed to becoming a net-zero carbon business by 2030. The television company says it will work alongside colleagues, suppliers, programme makers to achieve net zero across its scope 1 and 2 emissions, business travel and all produced and commissioned programmes, by 2030.

ITV will require all programmes it produces and commissions to meet Albert certification.BAFTA’s Albert is a carbon calculator that provides businesses and individuals across the broadcasting sector with resources to help them not only minimise the environmental impacts of their operations, but change the narrative around sustainability issues. The Albert Creative Offsets programme will be utilised to invest in certified tree planting projects.

As a core component of ITV’s social purpose strategy, the ambitious commitment will be achieved through a reduction of 46 per cent in emissions from ITV’s buildings and energy use, in line with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5oC, and a reduction of 28 per cent in business travel and supplier emissions. ITV’s science-based targets will be submitted to the Science Based Targets Initiative partnership later this year.

ITV will achieve net zero on all programmes it produces and commissions by requiring all programme makers to achieve albert certification and therefore reduce the impact of their production, and take part in Albert's creative offsets programme that invests in certified tree planting projects that take out of the atmosphere the volume of carbon emitted as a result of the production, thereby making the production net zero.

Julian Bellamy, MD ITV Studios, said: “This bold commitment will literally see ITV produce the biggest shows with the smallest footprint. Achieving net zero in our productions will require creativity and ingenuity at all levels of the production process. It won’t be easy, but we are ready for the journey ahead.”

ITV recently outlined its environmental targets, which includes powering the business with 100 per cent renewable energy, becoming a zero waste business, and running a 100 per cent sustainable supply chain, all by or before 2030.

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