The Sky Group claims that their new UK studios will be the most eco-friendly and sustainable TV and film production hub in the world. We tend to believe that, since if any competitor came even close to such a lofty goal they would have been tooting their horns about it.
Set to open in 2022, the new carbon-neutral facility will collect and treat rainwater, be powered by solar panels, convert to using electric vehicles, and have enough battery storage for 25% of it’s power consumption.
The development at Elstree, near London, will cost hundreds of millions of pounds and host companies owned by Sky and fellow Comcast-controlled businesses Dreamworks Animation, NBC and Universal Pictures.
"Even the electricity used by the actors' trailers is going to be renewable", says Gary Davey, chief executive of Sky Studios
From 2030, Sky will plant forests, mangroves and seagrass to offset any carbon that they are not able to cut, with the goal of eventually becoming carbon positive, where the company removes more carbon from the atmosphere than they contribute.
For over a decade, the company has invested in reforestation projects, campaigned to protect oceans and rainforests, and used their network to raise awareness of climate change and deforestation with their audiences.
Sky claims the new facility will create more than 2,000 jobs and draw more than £3billion of production investment over five years.