Ontario Green Screen
Circular Innovation Council is dedicated to building collaborative initiatives to accelerate Canada’s circular economy, and we are proud to announce a new alliance to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste in Ontario’s film and television industry. Working with Ontario Creates and 19 industry partners we are launching the Ontario Green Screen (OGS) Strategic Plan.
As the Program Manager of OGS, Circular Innovation Council will implement tactics that address innovative solutions to sustainability issues in film and TV. We will build strategic relationships within the production community, and foster relationships with regional and municipal stakeholders to promote sustainable production practices across the province.
Ontario’s fast-growing film and television industry makes significant cultural and economic contributions to the province. In 2019, the industry contributed a record-breaking $2.16 billion in direct spending to Ontario’s economy, and created 44,540 high-value full-time jobs for Ontarians.
Film and television production thrives across the province, supporting local economies and enriching the cultural fabric of our communities. Celebrated live action such as Schitt’s Creek, The Queen’s Gambit, The Handmaid’s Tale, Shape of Water, Star Trek: Discovery, Cardinal, and Murdoch Mysteries, as well as animated projects such as Paw Patrol and Hilda are just some examples of world-class content produced in Ontario.
Every production that takes place – whether on set or on location – requires significant resources, which includes the creation, transportation, purchase, use, and end-of-life management of materials and products for backgrounds, costumes, catering, props, and audio-visual. In fact, the Sustainable Production Alliance estimates a motion picture film produces an average carbon footprint of 33 tonnes for each day of shooting.
The circular economy offers a reimagined approach to resource efficiency, and redefines how we procure and consume goods and services that can be phased into a variety of unique settings, including film and television. Applying circular business models and practices to distinctive scenarios and industries is an important opportunity to showcase the breadth of the circular economy in action.
Launching Ontario’s First Sustainability Plan for Film and Television
This two-year plan lays out specific, measurable, and timely goals for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and waste in Ontario’s film and television industry, and is based on four key pillars:
Develop an engaged, diverse and inclusive community that advances and enables sustainable production practices.
- Inform and educate Ontario’s film and television production workers and companies, production clients and government partners on sustainable best practices.
- Deliver resources, tools and initiatives to empower the industry to carry out sustainable implementation strategies and protocols that will help reduce GHG emissions on sets across Ontario.
- Create a framework to effectively measure and report on environmental impacts and industry-wide progress.
Within these four strategic pillars include several specific goals:
- Promote communications opportunities for sustainable production practices.
- Create an OGS Ambassador Program.
- Engage with existing private, not-for-profit organizations and all levels of government to identify collaboration opportunities and available incentives/financial support.
Inform and Educate
- Develop and deliver a suite of carbon and waste literacy courses to industry stakeholders.
- Influence production practices to be more sustainable by sharing best practices, identifying barriers, and working with partners to remove barriers.
- Identify and promote sustainable vendors, suppliers, and services.
- Promote industry sustainable best practices in communities in which the film industry is operating.
Implement Best Practices
- Reduce GHG emissions related to fuel and energy consumption across productions.
- Reduce food supply chain waste and related GHG emissions.
- Reduce use of single-use plastics across all areas of production.
- Promote circularity and reuse in costume, design, sets and props, and construction.
- Develop a process for gathering baseline data and measuring environmental impact in a standardized way.