Greening Media Industries # Environmental Governance for Sustainable Filmmaking

20 January 2021, 9.30 – 11.00 a.m. CET, zoom

The environmental footprint of the film and television industry is massive. The production of media content consumes a vast amount of energy, creates an enormous volume of waste and emits a large quantity of CO2. In the context of society’s increasing ecological awareness, various players within the media industries have recently started to address their environmental impact. Film festivals are reflecting on their carbon emission, and industry meetings and panel discussions are scheduled to exchange ideas about green film production and distribution. Funding agencies are implementing measures to stimulate resource efficient productions, and offer guidelines and tool kits to help the industry work more ecology-friendly. Production houses are developing strategies and best practices to meet the environmental requirements that guarantee a green seal.

In this online presentation, Lara Hendrikx and Marijn Kallenberg from the Sustainable Development master program of Utrecht University will give an overview of different modes of environmental governance which provides insights in ways to make the Dutch film industry more sustainable. They will discuss examples of measures that are implemented in different national and regional film sectors in Europe and point out best practices to encourage sustainable filmmaking. How can a transformative change of the film industry be set in motion? Who are the main actors to stimulate such a change? Is it enough to rely on self-governance or should to-down policies be implemented? And how can different policy strategies be coordinated?

Presentation: Lara Hendrikx and Marijn Kallenberg (Utrecht University).


  • Bridget Conor (King’s College London)
  • Fieke Spoler (Utrecht University)
  • Luca Barra (Università di Bologna)
  • Michał Pabiś-Orzeszyna (Uniwersytet Łódzki)
  • Skadi Loist (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)

Chair: Judith Keilbach (Utrecht University)

Greening Media Industries is an initiative of the media research group Media Industries, Infrastructures and Institutions and the NECS workgroup Sustainable Media.

All students from BA- and (R)MA-programmes, scholars in media, communication, arts, and sustainability, and media professionals are cordially invited to attend.

If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to Judith Keilbach ( before 19 January 2021.