Back in late 2007, the producers of FOX’s hit television show 24 announced that they were introducing a new villain to the plot line: carbon emissions. The behind-the-scene changes were intended to take television production in a more sustainable direction — as well as making the show the first-ever carbon-neutral television series.
Well, as most people saw this past Monday night — thanks to a PSA starring Kiefer Sutherland — the show has succeeded in reducing its carbon footprint by more than 43 percent. In instances where finding an alternative to producing emissions wasn’t possible (like blowing up a car), offsets were taking into account. “This is a passion project for us at 24, and we’re amazed by how much we were able to achieve this past season in terms of conserving energy and reducing carbon emissions,” Howard Gordon, the show runner, said. “But now the really important work begins, which is to inspire our audience to make changes in their own lives.”
Besides switching incandescent lighting for compact fluorescent lighting and turning off all electrical equipment when not in use, the production also used biodiesel to power generators and production vehicles; renewable power resources (wind, hydroelectric and solar) when purchasing electricity; incorporated fuel-efficient and low-emission hybrid vehicles into the production fleet (which saved 1,300 gallons of gas); and distributed all its scripts, schedules and other memos electronically. (More details here)
Truly a step in the right direction — and we hope other television series embrace these practices for production. Congrats to the team behind 24!