BBC One's new drama The Interceptor has been rewarded for its success in hunting down carbon reductions.
The production team of the prime-time eight-part series used only electric cars behind the scenes – saving eight tonnes of CO2 and over £10,000 in fuel and congestion charges for the BBC – as well as running energy-efficient lighting and recycling 92 per cent of rubbish.
In addition, scripts were not printed to save paper, the catering department served sustainably sourced food alongside refreshment from water fountains and drinks in reusable bottles, and water-based paints and FSC-certified timber were used for the set construction.
The BBC's efforts have earned The Interceptor a three star rating by sustainability certification scheme albert+.
"None of what we did is rocket science, it is just a case of changing habits and embracing a new culture in the industry," says Howard Ella, Producer of The Interceptor.
"With an eight-part drama series like this we had enough time to organise and plan ahead meaning that by the time the production ended nearly all waste was recycled. It's such an important thing to do and something all of us programme makers should be doing as a matter of course, if you plan ahead it's a win-win situation – for the production and the environment."