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NBCUniversal is making a commitment to sustainability across the entire company. Our Green is Universal initiative is focused on bringing an environmental perspective to everything we do, informing and entertaining our audiences while driving more sustainable practices into our own operations. As one of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies, we want to participate in and help lead one of the most important dialogues of our time—and build a stronger business and a more sustainable world in the process.

Our Green is Universal initiative translates our environmental commitment into action. It identifies ways to integrate sustainability across our businesses, in front of the camera as well as behind it. Whether identifying opportunities for energy savings and innovation in production and distribution, educating our consumers via environmentally themed programming on our airwaves, reducing the carbon footprint of our products, or activating and engaging our workforce, NBCUniversal is hard at work mobilizing our assets to protect the planet.

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NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. With more than 40 TV, digital and out-of-home platforms reaching over 100 million consumers each month, NBCUniversal can harness the power of these communications and experiential platforms to help our audiences learn about the environment and the ways they can live greener.

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Sustainable Filmmaking: Emma

Emma, February 21, 2020

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Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of EMMA starring Anya Taylor-Joy as the titular role with Billy Nighy, Johnny Flynn, and directed by Autumn de Wilde with a screenplay by Eleanor Catton. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. Taylor-Joy, Nighy, and Flynn are joined by an incredible ensemble cast including Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner,  Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, Tanya Reynolds, and Connor Swindells. 

While filming in Southern United Kingdom, the production of Emma made great efforts to reduce their environmental impact. Recycling and composting were implemented in the offices and on set to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Reusable water bottles were purchased for cast and crew to eliminate the purchasing of disposable plastic bottles. The paper purchased in the office was made from 100% recycled content. When building their sets, construction used FSC-Certified plywood to ensure that it was sustainable sourced. Emma’s sets were lit with over 50% energy-efficient LED lighting. Instead of using regular diesel, the heaters and generators on set were powered with renewable diesel, a cleaner and less carbon intensive bio-based fuel.

At wrap, Emma donated office supplies, rugs, heaters, and more to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care. Construction and wardrobe donated fabrics and cork boards valued over $2,700 to the London Screen Academy. Emma also donated water bottles, cosmetic supplies, blankets, and more to Utopia 56. Set dressing donated over 2,600 lbs. of fruits and vegetables to the Chilton Farm House and villagers of Lower Slaughter. These practices and more have qualified Emma for a 2020 EMA Green Seal.

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