SBS’ The Cook Up will be the first show to measure its ecological footprint

SBS has become the first broadcaster to measure the carbon footprint of the production of a television program through Sustainable Screen Australia.

Cooking with Adam Liaw had its carbon footprint validated by the ‘Albert calculator’ – a tool to calculate and validate greenhouse gas emissions – through Sustainable Screen Australia, of which SBS is a founding member.

SBS director of television, Kathryn Fink, said: “At SBS we have ambitious sustainability plans and are committed to ensuring these are credible, robust and have meaningful third party validation that the Albert Calculator has provided.

Cooking with Adam Liaw recorded emissions levels below the international industry average, demonstrating the work behind and in front of the camera to lead the way in sustainability.

“Not only does the show itself value and celebrate sustainable food and cooking practices, but our production staff have also made impactful changes to catering and transportation to minimize our environmental footprint.

Insight And On the road with Ernie Dingo will be the next two shows where their footprints will be measured.

“This is an important first step for this show and others to minimize emissions in production and set the blueprint for our next shows in this process,” Fink added.

SBS has also initiated the process to submit its net zero targets for validation by the global standard Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), the internationally recognized standard for science-based greenhouse gas emissions targets. The SBTi will monitor the broadcaster’s decarbonisation models to ensure they align with the latest science.

Also to coincide with Earth Day, SBS Audio is launching the first two episodes of its new podcast Everything We Need, which explores how regional communities are meeting the challenge of climate change.

From dust storms that completely black out cities in the middle of the day to the risk of extreme wildfires, the six-part series speaks to people experiencing the harsh reality of climate change.

At the 2024 Upfronts in October, SBS made several sustainability announcements, including that it had achieved net zero on its direct emissions (covering Scope 1 and 2) and that it was also setting a target to achieve net zero by 2045 -zero point can be achieved for all three scopes. , including the supply chain.

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