This is something I learnt first-hand back in 2017, when Sky pledged to remove all single-use plastics from our products and operations in just three years. Many questioned whether this could really be done, but despite the challenges we achieved it, and I’m proud of the passion that everyone at Sky showed in helping us reach that goal.
As a business, Sky helps to create jobs, opportunities and great products that improve people’s lives, and we get rewarded by customers and society for that. But we also consume a lot. Every person working for a business is consuming something from the planet as part of their work. So, even though we may only feel like a tiny part of the environment, it is important that we think about how we replenish as well as how we consume.
Transforming our business
Over the last 12 months we have embedded the Sky Zero strategy across the business, encouraging employees to make decisions through the lens of reducing our impact on the environment. Already, we’ve introduced over 150 plug-in hybrid electric vans to our engineering fleet and started building Sky Studios Elstree, which we want to be the world’s most environmentally friendly TV and film studios when it opens next year.
Our content teams have really embraced the challenge. Sky Sports are leading the way in sports broadcasting, with each of their host broadcasts set to an albert certified sustainable production in 2021. While Sky News have recently become a founding member of the albert news consortium, with the vision of setting standards for sustainability in an industry with complicated demands on reporting.
This year we’ve announced our biggest ever line-up of new and exclusive entertainment content and plans are in place to make sure every one of those is a net zero production in the future. We’ve also introduced a set of sustainable production principles and a Planet Test to make sure all our commissioning, production and editorial teams across Sky and Sky Studios actively consider the environment and champion sustainability on and off screen.
It’s vital that we have policies and procedures in place to guide our people toward responsible actions, but it’s important that we share these and our learnings outside of our own business, because it’s only through collaboration that we’ll achieve significant impact.