BBC launches UK’s first industry guide to low energy lighting

The BBC has launched a guide to low energy lighting for television

The guide will help television productions cut carbon emissions and reduce energy bills.

The guide is sponsored by the Carbon Trust and produced in partnership with Arup. It will be available to all industry professionals as part of a BBC campaign – The Difference – to improve sustainability.

BBC has set itself the target of reducing energy consumption by 20 per cent by 2013. It believes using low energy lighting (LEL) is necessary to achieve its goal.

Other self-set targets as part of The Difference include: 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions due to transport, 25 per cent reduction in water used and 25 per cent reduction in waste to landfill.

Several BBC programmes have already introduced LEL. BBC Three’s Mongrels for example, has saved 40 per cent of its energy consumption.

The new set of Casualty will use 100 per cent LELs when it moves to Cardiff Bay. London studios and BBC buildings at MediaCityUK will also use LED fresnels for regional news programmes, sports coverage and BBC Breakfast.

The BBC believes that by sharing this guide everyone working in the industry can find out how to reduce the carbon footprint of their own productions.

Sally Debonnaire, BBC sustainability chair, said: ‘The new Low Energy Lighting Guide for TV productions will ensure the BBC is helping programme-makers across the industry to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint.’

Florence Lam, Arup’s global lighting design leader, said: ‘We’ve tested the performance of the latest low energy lighting kit in a studio environment. We tested their colour characteristics and lux levels under various beam angles. This information is what production design teams need.

‘We would encourage manufacturers and suppliers of LEL to provide better standardised information so better informed decisions can be made.’

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