Nine Network, Stan, ITV Studios Australia, Lingo Pictures, Lune Media and the National Film and Sound Archive have signed on as founding members of Sustainable Screens Australia.
The industry-led initiative aims to transform the manufacturing industry into one that embeds sustainability into daily practices and reduces our environmental footprint in line with science-based goals.
With Australia’s legislative targets of a 43% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and zero by 2050, the display industry is expected to reduce its environmental impact along with all other industries.
SSA also secured financial backing from Screen Australia and seed funding from Minderoo Pictures.
Maree Cochrane was named the inaugural executive director. You spent the first 10 years of your career in the film industry, working mainly in production as an assistant director and for companies such as the BBC, Endemol Shine and the London Film Festival. Most recently, Cochrane was the Strategy, Engagement and Learning Lead with the Innovation Network, a Victorian Government digital learning initiative.
“I am thrilled to join the ranks of passionate women behind Sustainable Screens Australia,” she said. “Coming back to an industry I know and love to help change thinking and practice is a dream role. One that I wouldn’t have without an incredible collective led by the industry. To Australian film agencies, production companies, streamers, broadcasters, commissioners, professionals and international leaders, albert: Let’s stay involved so we can continue to share stories from this beautiful place far into the future.
SSA has also partnered with albert, the UK’s leading film industry organization for environmental sustainability.
Anna Kaplan and Sara Horn, Co-Chairs, SSA, said: “albert’s reputation for promoting sustainable practices within the display industry is unmatched and this key partnership provides SSA with access to the considerable expertise and intellectual property by Albert, including a bespoke carbon calculator built for the industry screen, sustainable manufacturing training, a best practice toolkit and other resources that will be localized for the Australian market. The partnership between albert and SSA is the first of its kind to be implemented internationally by albert.
Carys Taylor, director at Albert, said: “We are thrilled to support Sustainable Screens Australia in creating a new vision for productions that puts the planet front and center. The challenges we face are global, but we can solve them if our partnerships are global too.”