24 Becomes First-Ever Carbon Neutral Television Production

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    “24,” the Emmy award-winning series from Imagine and Twentieth Century Fox Television, became the first-ever carbon neutral television production this season.

    Through greener production practices, the show was able to reduce its season 7 carbon footprint by 43%.

    For more information check out the complete greenhouse gas measurement methodology document (24_season7_GHGresults.pdf) and read below for details on how the show was able to achieve these impressive results.

    • During this season of the FOX hit “24,” the team has worked to calculate the emissions associated with producing the show and taken steps to reduce its carbon footprint. For the first time, the remainder of the show’s emissions will be offset, making the series completely carbon neutral.
    • After an in depth analysis of the emissions created from producing a television series, the team favored an inclusive approach collecting data for electricity, onsite fuel, vehicle & special effects fuel, shipping and air travel.
    • Electricity emissions were from the production team’s office spaces, stages and sets. While electricity represented the second largest source of emissions for the series, approximately 98% of these emissions were offset by purchasing renewable energy. By purchasing renewable energy, Fox was able to reduce the show’s overall carbon footprint by over 940 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
    • Onsite fuel use includes liquefied petroleum gas used by caterers as well as natural gas used for heating the show’s stage and office space.
    • The largest source of emissions for “24” is fuel used in transport vehicles, special effects and onsite generators. The production team has taken important steps to reduce onsite fuel emissions, including the use of alternative fuels such as bio-diesel and driving hybrid vehicles on set, both of which have helped reduce the series’ carbon footprint.
    • Switching to hybrid vehicles has helped avoid using more than 1,300 gallons of gasoline during series 7. To put this in perspective, 1,300 gallons of gas would be enough to drive a traditional mid-sized vehicle from L.A. to New York 10 times.
    • During series 7, there was a small amount of emissions associated with shipping set equipment, props and cameras to Washington, DC.  While these emissions represent only a small portion of the show’s overall footprint, their inclusion in the calculation demonstrates Fox’s commitment to conducting a thorough accounting of all emissions sources.
    • The team calculated 2,179 tons of CO2e were emitted during the production of 24’s 7thseason. Green power purchases reduced the footprint by 43% to 1,239 tons of CO2e.
    • The remaining 1,239 tons of CO2e will be offset through the purchase of carbon credits that meet the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) requirements and are retired through the Bank of New York Mellon.
    • The World Resource Institute’s (WRI) Greenhouse Gas Protocol serves as the foundation for the calculation methodologies used in the “24” footprint, and emissions factors were sourced from both the GHG Protocol and EPA Climate Leaders guidance.