The Grid Project – Leading Sustainable Filming

The Film Office are proud to partner and support this innovative pilot at Victoria Park.

Film London has announced the official commission of The Grid Project, a pilot supplying renewable energy to productions in the capital that will reduce CO2 emissions and noise pollution. The Grid Project pilots the supply of green energy via the mains network, installing an electrical feeder pillar at key unit bases in London. Industry heavyweights across film, environment and policy have pledged their support of the pilot. Funding from the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund supported through the London Economic Action Partnership; NBCUniversal; Interreg Europe’s Green Screen and the British Film Commission have been crucial in the project’s fruition.

Dominic Reeve-Tucker, Managing Director of The Film Office, said, “We are delighted to partner and co-deliver this ground-breaking pilot at Victoria Park. We strongly believe in the need for sustainable production and this project demonstrates our commitment in providing a real solution to support its implementation. It will improve air quality for the health and benefit of our residents and visitors to the borough at the same time as supporting the industry make a significant stride in delivering more sustainable production. This will directly show what is possible, provide leadership and create opportunities for significant industry change for the benefit of all parties – including boroughs and communities.”

The Victoria Park pilot will be co-delivered with The Film Office and Tower Hamlets Council, appointed engineering consultant ARUP, UKPN, appointed contractor Ingenious Power and bespoke power distribution pillar specialist Lucy Zodion. 100% renewable energy will be supplied by SSE (Scottish Southern Energy).

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets commented, “As a designated Air Quality Management Area (AQMA), this project expresses our commitment to improving the quality of air for residents and visitors through being a Cleaner Air Borough. I am pleased that our award-winning Victoria Park is piloting the project which will improve the carbon footprint of filming.”

When filming on location, productions currently plug into diesel or petrol generators at unit bases for energy supply. Detailed analysis completed by ARUP for Victoria Park estimated that during 2018, production generators consumed 64,082 litres of diesel and 1,656 litres of petrol. The estimated CO2 emitted by the generators was 169,556kg. The installation of electrical feeder pillars that productions can plug into instead would reduce CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) emissions by 100% and PM (Particulate Matter) and NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide) emissions to zero from film and TV productions at point of use, as well as significantly reducing noise pollution. The cabinets will also be available for use during events, reducing diesel generator usage from other industries.

The press release was announced on Thursday 24th March 2022 and has already gained signified traction and support from various media outlets including Variety, KFTV, The Knowledge, and Cineuropa. Construction has already begun at Victoria Park and we look forward to working with productions in the park going forward to deliver this fantastic project, and help reduce the carbon footprint of filming in the borough! For more information on the project check out the article here from Film London.

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