A modular approach to live production that helps the industry become more sustainable

June 1, 2022

The growing importance of sustainability in live production

The live production industry faces mounting pressure to operate more sustainably, despite a multitude of persistent challenges. A newly published whitepaper by Sony aims to present the key opportunities for businesses within the industry to implement change.

The report underlines that sustainable practices are not one-size-fits-all, as each production has unique requirements. By analysing the key areas of challenge for the industry, Sony has been able to look for spaces where creating change that benefits business and the environment is possible.

The key challenges at hand are

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Quantifying environmental footprint

Without clear knowledge of current emissions, it is difficult for companies to accurately perceive their carbon impact and justify the disruption and cost of moving to new systems and processes.

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Considering individual production needs

Transport and logistics are core to live production, and perhaps its biggest challenge in terms of sustainability concerns.

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Exploring more agile OB Trucks operations

Providing the lion’s share of a productions emission, but opportunities to lightening the loads can and should be explored.

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Battling uncertainty around power supply

A reliable power infrastructure and network is essential on a live production. This leads to overprovision to account for possible energy failure, and subsequently, copious unused resources.

We hope to see live production play its part in achieving a sustainable ecosystem of broadcasting on the global stage. This guide will act as a convener for the industry to rally around

Norbert Paquet
Head of Live Production, Solutions Europe

Can live production be sustainable?

The whitepaper explores a modular approach to live production that enables companies to reduce waste and environmental impact where they can, proving that the industry can play an active role in moving the dial on sustainability.
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