Sky Sports News receives albert certification for carbon neutral status

The accreditation follows on from landmark Transfer Deadline Day broadcasts, which have received albert certification since October 2020; the wider achievement marks Sky Sports News' efforts to reduce its environmental impact

Net zero carbon emissions were achieved when Tottenham hosted Chelsea on September 19 (Getty)
Image: Sky Sports broadcasted the world's first net zero carbon football match at an elite level when Tottenham hosted Chelsea in September 2021

Sky Sports News has been recognised as a carbon neutral sustainable production by albert, the organisation leading the UK TV and film industry in the charge against climate change.

The accreditation follows on from landmark Transfer Deadline Day broadcasts, which have received albert certification since October 2020.

The wider achievement marks Sky Sports News' efforts to reduce its environmental impact, with the channel now hitting the highest standards of sustainability set by albert.

Sky Sports UK Host Broadcasts, Sky Original productions and Sky News have also earned albert's carbon neutral certification.

Sky Sports managing director Jonathan Licht said: "We're delighted that Sky Sports News is now a carbon neutral channel and has received certification from albert. The dedicated team has worked tirelessly to improve the sustainability of our productions, reduce the environmental impact, and support Sky's overall target of being net zero carbon by 2030.

"We hope our progress will inspire positive change in the industry and that collectively we can use the power of sport to encourage sports fans to reduce their own carbon footprint."

Sky Sports has made significant progress to support Sky's overall ambition to be net zero carbon by 2030. Steps taken have included earning albert certification for all live host broadcasts; significantly reduced emissions through remote productions; and switching all outside broadcast generators to run on Biofuel in the UK and Ireland.

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As well as adopting advanced approaches to greener production, Sky Sports has engaged with viewers to inform them on how they can make small changes to reduce their own carbon footprint.

This led to the creation of Game Zero, the world's first net zero carbon football match at an elite level, played between Tottenham and Chelsea in September 2021.

Sky Sports News achieved albert certification by using 100% renewable energy in the studio and galleries, turning off equipment when not in use, reducing employee travel and using electric taxis when available, crewing local operators for shoots, and offsetting the remaining carbon with certified carbon offsets.

Albert is the leading environmental organisation aimed at encouraging the TV and film industry to reduce its carbon footprint.

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