Monthly Archives: January 2012

Green shoots in TV production, and its growing!

Albert is the new carbon calculator that’s been designed especially for the TV industry. Its purpose is to benchmark the carbon emissions on a particular TV production and over time help TV production companies to work in a more sustainable way and save money.

Originally created at the BBC, the calculator has now been ‘adopted’ by BAFTA who have brought together a consortium of broadcasters and leading independent production houses to make Albert available to the wider TV industry. The consortium includes BBC, ITV Studios, Channel 4, Sky and Endemol, Twofour, Talkback Thames, IMG, Kudos and Shine TV, all of whom have been instrumental in designing an industry-friendly tool which will appeal to production teams.

Albert was designed by Aerian Studios, has new functionality, courtesy of Sharepoint City and robust statistical data, provided by AMEE and audited by Mason Hardy. Microsoft is generously providing unlimited licences to use the calculator in its first year and the portal will be hosted by Outsourcery.

The aims of the project are simple but powerful. Over time the carbon calculator will allow production companies to build up valuable data on the carbon footprint of TV productions and strategically plan how to build sustainability into the production process. Over time, and as more companies join the project, Albert will be able to provide robust information on just how sustainable the TV industry is and where we need to take steps to reduce energy consumption.

The BAFTA Consortium hope that Albert will become a focal point for addressing wider concerns around sustainability in the production industry in the UK and maybe even globally. Although already mandatory for most programme makers at the BBC, wider success will depend on take-up by the rest of the industry. Albert will be free to use during 2012, if not longer.

And the UK industry is not alone: in Germany a group of film makers have got together to set up Carbon Film Quote, headed up by BBDO’s Stefan Gentis and they are attracting interest from production companies in other European countries and in the USA. In 2011 the Carbon Film Quote (CFQ) was set up as a process by which production companies are able to work in estimates of the amount of CO2 that’s generated by their productions and include these figures in their bids.  The pilot program was launched in early 2011 by Gentis among a group of German production houses, including Big Fish, Markenfilm, Who’s McQueen, Twin Film and Neue Sentimenal who have been beta testing the system.  Gentis has also been conducting an online survey of production companies around the world, inquiring about their views on green production and what they feel about the value of working CO2 estimates into their bids.  The survey is called the Global TV Commercial Producers Sustainability Survey which you can find here

For more details on Albert go to  And for a short video take a look at,2021,BA.html

And for Carbon Film Quote go to



The City of London Fairtrade Group and the Fairtrade Foundation would like to invite you to a “Fairtrade Trade Fair”

on Tuesday 1st May, 2pm – 5pm.

 The event is a unique opportunity to meet Fairtrade suppliers and brands, to taste and appreciate the high quality of Fairtrade products, get information on the world of Fairtrade and learn how easy it is to make Fairtrade a part of your business.

Who is this event aimed at?:

– Anyone responsible for purchasing or catering contracts

– Anybody interested in promoting ethical procurement, Fairtrade and sustainability in the City

The fair will be hold in the Basinghall Suite in Guildhall Art Gallery,

Gresham Street, EC2P 2EJ

Follow the link for the map 

Please reserve a place for the event by e-mailing

Reserve your place before  3rd  February to enter a free prize draw to win a case of Fairtrade wine!

Good Germans Groove For the Planet

UK Government will fight on to reduce FITs

The UK government has confirmed it is to appeal against the Court of Appeal ruling that its decision to cut solar feed-in tariff (FITs) before the end of a consultation period was unlawful. The appeal will now go to the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeal has now upheld the High Court’s ruling, denying the government a right to appeal and instigating procedures that would prevent the rushing through of similar changes in future. “The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court ruling on FITs albeit on different grounds. We disagree and are seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court,” Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne explained in a statement. He said the government has to protect the budget for FITs for all renewable technologies, which would come under pressure if another gold rush started as the tariff levels returns to 43.3p.


Following the tragic festival stage collapses in the USA, Canada and Belgium that shocked the world last summer, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) will host a Structural and Crowd Safety Conference at London’s Southbank Centre on Friday 3rd Febraury.

The interactive workshop in the morning, run by evactuation specialist Tony Ball, will provide applicable and up-to-date training on dealing with an emergency evacuation and encompassing issues including health & safety. Delegates that attend the workshop as well as the afternoon sessions will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

The morning session is ticketed and there are very limited places, book early to avoid disappointment. There is a discount for AIF Members & Students.


The afternoon sessions are made up of a number of presentations and panels with dedicated Q&A intervals and are free for industry to attend. In order to safeguard against reoccurring tragedies key industry figures and specialists will be exploring the standard practise that needs to go into sourcing and constructing temporary structures and consideration of the very real effect of climate change on outdoor events. Discussions opening up to the floor will concentrare on the nuts and bolts of how to ensure the temporary structures at your outdoor event are safe and how to prepare for and manage crowd evacuation and movements in response to an emergency.

The afternoon sessions are free to attend, but you MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE due to capacity restrictions.




11:30 – 13:00 WORKSHOP
Tony Ball, Show And Event Security / International Centre for Crowd Management and Safety Studies – Interactive Workshop.

13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH BREAK (Cafeteria and local cafes. Not included in ticket price)


14:00 – 14:15 PRESENTATION
Rudi Enos, Senior Designer of Special Structures Lab

14:15 – 14:30 PRESENTATION
Insurance – a key issue for events

14:30 – 15:00 PRESENTATION
Chris Kemp, Bucks New Uni / ICCMSS – European Response to Climate Issues

15:00 – 15:15 SHORT BREAK

15:15 – 16:30 PANEL / Q&A
Structural Safety and Outdoor Events

Andy Lenthall (PSA) Moderator
Andy Yates (Webb and Yates Engineers)
Richard Bryan (Spring Music Ltd / Bearded Theory Festival)
Roger Barrat (STAR Events Group)
Simon James (TESS)

16:30 – 16:45 SHORT BREAK w refreshments

16:45 – 18:15 PANEL / Q&A
Emergency Planning for Crowd Safety

Chris Kemp (Bucks New Uni / ICCMSS)
Jim King (Loudsound / AEG)
Paul Cook (Live Nation)
Simon James (TESS)

18:00 – 18:15 Extended Q&A time

Rudi Enos, Senior Designer of Special Structures Lab

Obama looks to a greener future

President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday was a mixed bag of news for the environment, and a lot of his speech focussed on the US economy  making some far ranging comments on the United States, its economy and not least the need to  try balance the interests of America’s ultra-rich and the rest of the public, trying to present an election-year choice between continued leadership and an economy “built to last” and what he called irresponsible policies of the past that caused an economic collapse saying “I will not go back to the days when Wall Street was allowed to play by its own set of rules”. In one passage, delivered to a joint sitting of the Senate and the House of Congress, President Obama said the defining issue of the present time was how to keep alive the promise of America as a land of opportunity. “No challenge is more urgent.  No debate is more important. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules”. In light of the revelations of the low tax rate paid by Mitt Romney, the multi-millionaire leading Republican presidential candidate, Obama cited the example of Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor who admitted last year that he paid lower tax rates than his secretary, Mr Obama called on Washington to “stop subsidising millionaires” and rescind a trillion dollars of tax breaks for the wealthiest 2 per cent.

When it came to energy and the environment, President Obama said

“Nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy. Over the last three years, we’ve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and tonight, I’m directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources. Right now, American oil production is the highest that it’s been in eight years. That’s right – eight years. Not only that – last year, we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past sixteen years. But with only 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves, oil isn’t enough. This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy – a strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.

We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy. Experts believe this will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade. And I’m requiring all companies that drill for gas on public lands to disclose the chemicals they use. America will develop this resource without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk.

The development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper, proving that we don’t have to choose between our environment and our economy. And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of thirty years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock – reminding us that Government support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the ground.”

But President Obama had some more positive news for the environment, saying

“What’s true for natural gas is true for clean energy. In three years, our partnership with the private sector has already positioned America to be the world’s leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries. Because of federal investments, renewable energy use has nearly doubled. And thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.

Our experience with shale gas shows us that the payoffs on these public investments don’t always come right away. Some technologies don’t pan out; some companies fail. But I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy. I will not walk away from workers like Bryan. I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here. We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough. It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs.

We can also spur energy innovation with new incentives. The differences in this chamber may be too deep right now to pass a comprehensive plan to fight climate change. But there’s no reason why Congress shouldn’t at least set a clean energy standard that creates a market for innovation. So far, you haven’t acted. Well tonight, I will. I’m directing my Administration to allow the development of clean energy on enough public land to power three million homes. And I’m proud to announce that the Department of Defense, the world’s largest consumer of energy, will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history – with the Navy purchasing enough capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year.

Of course, the easiest way to save money is to waste less energy. So here’s another proposal: Help manufacturers eliminate energy waste in their factories and give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings. Their energy bills will be $100 billion lower over the next decade, and America will have less pollution, more manufacturing, and more jobs for construction workers who need them. Send me a bill that creates these jobs.”

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Green Music Initiative announce new plans

7 February – green music event – BarCamp in Hamburg

On  Tuesday  the  7th February 2012  BarCamp will be held from  11.00 – 20.00  in the  House of Culture III & 70  in Hamburg, the first green music event, discussing sustainability and environmental protection in the music and event industry.

The agency Zuendwerke initiative and  the Green Music Initiative are invir=ting club owners, promoters and festival organizers, consultants and political representatives to this event: . The  BarCamp  is  open-ended  design and encourages the participants for active participation in  the conference. The aim is to  exchange ideas and information  about green music events:  model projects  will be presented and the  network  between the participants is to be established.

We are all looking fir through innovative approaches to emission reduction and and resource efficiency. New ideas and projects from the kusic industry can spread i nto other sectors and music is the perfect medium to positively influence the zeitgeist.


Tues 07.02.2012 / KULTURHAUS III & 70 / SHOULDER LEAF 73 / HAMBURG
applications from the BarCamp, session proposals, and project and corporate presentations immediately

GME BarCamp on Facebook:

Links: / projects

Second Live 2020 – study

The study Live 2020, the questions about sustainability and future viability of the live entertainment sectoris still online.  The more responses we get from various stakeholders, the better.  The starting point is a  5 minute online survey and applicants from all parts of the live entertainment sector are welcome to participate. The resuklts will be presented  in March 2012.

Click here for the questionnaire 

7. Februar – GreenMusicEvent – BarCamp in Hamburg

Am Dienstag den 07. Februar 2012 findet von 11 bis 20 Uhr im Kulturhaus III&70 in Hamburg das erste GreenMusicEvent BarCamp statt und thematisiert damit Nachhaltigkeit und Umweltschutz in der Musik- und Eventbranche.

Die InitiativAgentur Zuendwerke und die Green Music Initiative bringen zu diesem Zweck Clubbetreiber, Veranstalter und Festivalorganisatoren mit Dienstleistern, Beratern und politischen Vertretern zusammen. Das BarCamp ist ergebnisoffen gestaltet und animiert die Teilnehmer zuraktiven Mitgestaltung der Konferenz. Ziel ist der Ideen- und Informationsaustausch zum Thema GreenMusicEvents: Modellprojekte werden vorgestellt und das Netzwerk zwischen den Teilnehmern soll aufgebaut werden.

Der Klimawandel als große Herausforderung des 21. Jahrhunderts verlangt nach Pilotprojekten abseits der ausschließlich politischen Arena, die durch innovative Ansätze Emissionen reduzieren und zur Ressourceneffizienz beitragen.
Neue Konzepte und Projekte lassen eine Strahlkraft auf andere gesellschaftliche Teilbereiche entstehen, in denen diese Themen bislang noch eher fremd sind.
Musik ist hierfür ein perfektes Medium, das es schaffen kann den Zeitgeist positiv zu beeinflussen.

Anmeldungen zum BarCamp, Session-Vorschläge und Projekt- und Firmenpräsentationen ab sofort

GME BarCamp auf Facebook:


2. Live 2020 – Studie

Die Studie Live2020, die Fragen zum Thema Nachhaltigkeit und Zukunftsfähigkeit im Live-Entertainment-Sektor beleuchtet, ist weiterhin onlineJe mehr Antworten wir von verschiedenen Akteuren bekommen, umso besser.
Ausgangspunkt hierfür ist eine 5 minütige Online-Umfrage, die sich an Vertreter aller Teilbereiche des Live-Entertainments richtet und zu deren Teilnahme wir dich hiermit herzlich einladen möchten. Die Ergebnisse werden im März 2012 präsentiert.

Hier gehts zum Fragebogen