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overview of bs 8909 bs 8909 case study bfi

Overview of BS 8909 & BS 8909 Case Study: BFI

Juhi Shareef,

Eco Consultancy

BFI Sustainability Project Manager

bfi sustainability review
BFI Sustainability Review
  • Project run by: BFI Sustainability Director, Sustainability Manager & internal Sustainability Steering Group
  • Data collected across all BFI facilities: Southbank, Stephen Street, Gaydon and Berkhamsted
  • Engaged with key people from across whole organisation
  • Developed sustainability policy & documentation
  • Prioritised sustainability goals in short, medium and long term
  • Produced Sustainability Review report with practical roadmap
  • Watch this space…
bfi gaydon
BFI Gaydon

“Archiving and preserving our nation’s great film heritage and film culture is sustainability in action” - BFI

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BFI Gaydon
  • BREEAM Excellent rating
  • Heavy pre-cast concrete construction means that the building has a large thermal mass and exceptionally low air permeability, which means the building is highly energy-efficient, particularly considering the low temperature and humidity conditions required for the safe storage of the collection
  • Wildflower meadows planted to encourage diversity in both flora and fauna
  • A sedum blanket covers the roof providing further species diversity and assisting in the slow natural drainage of the site.
  • All possible efforts made to avoid disruption to local wildlife – badgers relocated; bat haven created; newt fence constructed; bird boxes erected
  • Currently setting up a wind turbine feasibility study
overview of bs 8909

Overview of BS 8909

Juhi Shareef

Eco Consultancy

bs 8909
BS 8909…

British Standard 8909:2011 “Specification for a sustainability management system for film”

Sustainability management system:

A practical framework to support the cost-effective integration of sustainability principles into everyday decision-making, thereby enhancing performance

what we mean by sustainability
What we mean by ‘sustainability’

Sustainable development (goal):

“Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Sustainability (journey):

"An enduring, balanced approach to economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress”

sustainability social environment economic
Sustainability: Social + Environment + Economic
  • Social: Social injustice, child labour, H&S, poverty, human rights, local community
  • Environment: Climate change / natural resource consumption / pollution / biodiversity
  • Economic: Return on investment maximisation, profit margin enhancement, shareholders value creation
management systems
Management Systems
    • System allows you to capture every impact
    • Beyond recycling…
    • BS 8909 was created by, and commented on, by film industry
    • The management systems framework is globally-accepted best practice, used by sustainability experts in many different sectors
    • A common methodology works for different organisations with different sustainability impacts
    • Creating the system forces you to think through the process and improve it
    • Improve performance against your own organisation, over time
    • Easily adapt to new activities
    • Don’t be put off by the requirements!
    • Helps identify cost savings: increased profit margins
    • …A single checklist wouldn’t work for a feature production vs a locations company vs a cinema vs a studio
who bs 8909 applies to
Who BS 8909 applies to:
  • Any organisation in film supply chain (download case studies):
    • Development
    • Production / studio
    • Distribution
    • Exhibition
    • Supplier
  • At any scale / size, from a small crew to a Hollywood blockbuster
  • A film ‘project’
end credits
End credits…

For organizations: “[You Ltd] operates a sustainability management system that conforms to BS 8909”

For a film: “This film was produced by [You Ltd], which operates a sustainability management system that conforms to BS 8909”


Why BS 8909?

As the UK’s lead organisation for film, the BFI have chosen to implement BS 8909 to demonstrate leadership to the film industry.

Business case for BS 8909 for the film industry inc:

  • Demonstration of leadership and effective business practices
  • Improved operational efficiencies and significant cost reductions
    • Increased business - ability to attract and retain clients
  • Access to funding e.g. sustainability criteria in lottery / other funding and socially responsible investment
    • Avoidance of negative PR/ greenwashing through bad practice being reported in the media
    • Awareness of, and compliance with, legal issues, and
    • Demonstrating to Government regulators that industry is being proactive

2012 Report to Government “A Future For British Film” by the Film Policy Review Panel stated:

‘The Panel endorses calls to support the ‘Greening Film’ campaign and welcomes the BFI’s initiative in launching BS 8909, the official standard for “the sustainable management of the UK film industry”.

The film industry is in a strong position to lead the way and inspire other areas of business to follow. We recommend that the BFI works with the Film Industry British Standard Working Group and that other industry bodies actively promote its adoption.’

overview of bs 89091
Overview of BS 8909
  • Launched by Amanda Nevill at Cannes 2011
  • Tells you how to create a management system for film
  • More than a checklist
  • Covers all sustainability issues inc. carbon, environmental, economic and social
  • Likely to become an ISO international standard
  • Case studies
  • Instead of Kitemark
  • Wording for use in credits
summary of bs 8909
Summary of BS 8909


  • What is your vision for sustainability? How are you performing now?
  • Look at your production / business – where are sustainability opportunities and risks? Prioritise issues
  • Any legal requirements?
  • Make sure everyone (stakeholders) knows what you are doing and has an opportunity to let you know of any issues / ideas / concerns
  • Sustainability policy: what are you committed to? Few bullets -1 page
  • Set objectives and targets: keep it simple!

E.g. Objectives: measure energy use; reduce waste on location, travel …

  • Roles: someone at the top + sustainability champion (prod. mgr?)
  • Check it’s working for you! Things staying on track? New activities?
  • What lessons learned?




bs 8901 specification for a sustainability management system for events
BS 8901: Specification for a Sustainability Management System for Events
  • BSI & LOCOG worked together to develop the idea for a sustainable event standard following successful London 2012 bid
  • Events industry wanted to show being proactive
  • Industry worked closely with BSI to develop standard
  • Following the success of BS 8901, ISO 20121 was developed by 30 countries; published in 2012
bs 8901 to international standard iso 20121
BS 8901 to International Standard ISO 20121
  • Events industry now has its own standard
  • LOCOG and the ODA both successfully implemented ISO 20121: London 2012 Games one of the first to adopt the standard
  • Other early adopters include Coca-Cola GB and Games venues Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy and Earls Court







leadership of uk events industry
Leadership of UK events industry

“London 2012 is proud to have been the catalyst for ISO 20121. This is a piece of legacy with the potential to transform how events around the world consider their economic, environmental and social impacts.“ (LOCOG)

“Over the next few years as sustainability becomes an inherent factor in all businesses, this standard will provide the event industry with an opportunity to lead” (Howard Kerr)

opportunity for leadership
Opportunity for leadership
  • BFI will lead the way and help with:
    • Straightforward, step-by-step guidance to ‘translate’ BS 8909
    • Ensure BS 8909 is a useful and practical support
    • Training & skills support
    • Inform industry of any new carbon / sustainability regulations
    • Assessing whether use of BS 8909 can be included as part of funding criteria in good time so industry is prepared
    • Communicate benefits and business case for sustainability and best practice
  • Keep an eye on www.greeningfilm.com: resource for film industry
  • Larger organizations e.g. production companies, studios and trade bodies can also lead by example

UK Film Studio Facilities Sustainability Group


‘“The UK Film Studio Facilities Sustainability Group has committed to meeting on a regular basis to look at the feasibility of championing BS 8909, the Sustainability Management System for Film, and extending Albert, the carbon footprinting tool for film, to film production”

lessons for uk film industry
Lessons for UK film industry
  • Smaller organizations need to become comfortable with sustainability and management systems
  • Creative industry can come up with creative, engaging solutions!
  • Great work being done by our friends in US but UK can lead world in this field
  • …Common sense approach that will gain competitive advantage, save money, support people and protect the environment

Where to go for help:


…this is your resource

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