RTÉ is committed to the highest level of energy reduction and sustainability, both in the management of existing infrastructure and the development of new infrastructure. These plans have been informed by the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2009 – 2020, which demands that the public sector be seen to “lead by example through strong committed action.”
RTÉ has endeavoured to deliver against this standard in a range of ways, which include:
- Installation of solar panels resulting in significant carbon offsets
- Provision of energy management training to enhance organisation capabilities in terms of self auditing and monitoring
- Reporting to SEAI standards (we remain on target to achieve the specified SEAI 2020 commitment).
In order to drive continual improvements in environmental performance, RTÉ has established a Green Broadcaster Advisory Group – a configuration of colleagues and external agencies (such as the EPA and SEAI) and external partners (such as Screen Producers Ireland). This helps to plan to the highest standards possible, and leverage external support or ratification where appropriate. Areas of focus include; waste management/prevention; energy consumption and carbon reduction, water conservation, biodiversity and pollution prevention
RTÉ has also taken a leadership role in collaborating with relevant external stakeholders and peer broadcasters (such as TG4 and Virgin Media) to adopt the standards of Project Albert. Originally in operation in the UK, Albert is a collaborative BAFTA, independent production and broadcaster backed bespoke project that provides the film and TV industries with the necessary expertise and opportunities to take action on environmental sustainability. The project aim is to ensure screen content is made in a way that benefits individuals, industry organisations and the planet. Its core objectives are
- to reduce the environmental impact of the production process;
- to enable industry organisations to realise the environmental aspect of their stated vision and its implication for audience engagement.
RTÉ anticipates that we will make significant progress in the rollout of Albert within the organisation, and collectively within the broadcasting sector, in 2019.