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The U.K. is committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, but what part can we play in that? How can the animation, games and VFX industries reach net-zero carbon emissions?

Supported by Clwstwr and Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Green Cymru Challenge Fund, we conducted R&D around this question. We broke down all the aspects of how we work, explored the ways in which they contribute to our carbon emissions, and then identified the challenges and opportunities in reducing those contributions to zero.

Here’s what we found out (the short version!):

The animation industry was already a relatively low carbon emitter, and pre-pandemic the main carbon contributing factors were office and IT systems energy usage, and commuting.

However office and equipment energy usage is a factor over which businesses often have little control and so it can be challenging to make meaningful changes to reduce carbon emissions.

There is a wealth of information out there, but it can be hard to sift through and find what's relevant to our industries, and there was no central hub to access guidance, expertise and tools.

There currently isn’t significant pressure being placed onto the animation, games and VFX sectors to reduce carbon emissions by clients, suppliers or other third-parties, so that motivation needs to be created within the culture of these sectors and the organisations within them.

Following the lockdowns of 2020-21, there is an ongoing evolution in working practices spanning resourcing, technical workflows, company culture and the use of office spaces. Many are now taking a hybrid model of office and home working forward, and so there is an opportunity to consider how this may support the carbon reduction journey within these sectors. Further to this, there is an opportunity to harness these changes in a more holistic way, going beyond carbon reduction to consider other impacts such as wellbeing, equity, inclusion and wider ecological concerns.

If you want to read about these findings in more detail, 

read our full report.

So what can we do about it?

Follow our roadmap to reaching net zero. [link]

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