Australian Film Industry

Working with several Australian directors, producers and film companies, Beyond Neutral® completed the first full carbon footprint case study of an Australian feature film – My Year Without Sex, directed by Sarah Watt and produced by Bridgit Ikin.

This came about from Arenafilm and Beyond Neutral® exploring ways to effectively, efficiently and sustainably reduce Australian films’ carbon footprint.

Hibiscus Films (My Year Without Sex’s parent production company) wanted to reduce its film’s carbon footprint and improve its sustainability.

Beyond Neutral® helped them achieve their goals and produced a case study to support their claims and to assist future initiatives.

What We Did

We were engaged to provide the production advice on sustainability and carbon accounting, emissions management and reduction, and to identify quality carbon offsets.

To do this, we provided the full range of our carbon services to develop the film’s footprint, provide advice on mitigation options they could take and provide carbon offsets which were used to offset more than the film’s identified footprint.

Reducing the film’s footprint and environmental impacts and improving its sustainability meant raising the awareness of the people involved in making the film of key issues, getting them to rethink how they did things and guiding them to undertake important changes to their procedures and practices.

A case study was produced (synopsis is provided here) examining how and why the footprint was calculated, what was found, the problems encountered and the key issues and areas for future action by individual films and the wider industry.

Following the detailed analysis of the film’s carbon footprint, quality Gold Standard carbon offsets were purchased and retired.  The offsets came from an accredited project combining renewable energy with sustainable development.

Selecting carbon offsets from our Carbon Offset Portfolio allowed the film to choose a project addressing the twin imperatives of climate change and sustainability.  Additionally, a sizeable contribution was made to an indigenous cultural/ social sustainablity program.

The film was awarded the Australian Directors Guild’s GRASS (Getting Real About Sustainable Screens) award for a feature film.

This project also contributed to Beyond Neutral®’s Director’s CEnvP of the Year award.


Contact us if you would like to discuss this project – especially if you are thinking of how you can apply this to your next project.