Video entertainment industry’s carbon footprint ‘surpasses’ aviation industry | news

According to research from Futuresource Consulting and InterDigital, the video entertainment industry’s carbon footprint has exploded, even surpassing that of the airline industry.

Eric Reinhard

The whitepaper, released today by technology research and development firm InterDigital and authored by Futuresource Consulting, claims the milestone was achieved because of the “immense” carbon footprint of production.

With more than a billion hours of content consumed every day on a single streaming platform, an average day of filming generates more than one person’s annual carbon footprint, while an average hour of filming generates the carbon footprint of a return flight from London corresponds to New York, claims the white paper Sustainability in Video Entertainment.

Aiming to lead the video entertainment industry towards a more sustainable future, the white paper examines the reasons why the video entertainment industry needs to be at the forefront of positive climate action, set higher standards when it comes to energy efficiency and integrate solutions that reduce energy consumption throughout the production process.

Developments and technologies that contribute to a greener manufacturing environment, according to the white paper, include: remote manufacturing; greater overall efficiency in the delivery of IP-based services; the rise of virtual production; and cloud-based solutions.

“This paper comes at a time when industry stakeholders are considering how to get to grips with the industry’s carbon footprint and, in response, develop much-needed solutions to reduce the environmental impact of creating, exchanging and to minimize the delivery of content. said Erik Reinhard, scientist at InterDigital.

“It reflects the industry view that more needs to be done in the video entertainment sector to measure and address what is possible to achieve more sustainable operations for the video content we all enjoy.”

Simon Forrest, senior technology analyst at Futuresource Consulting, added, “The video industry is now focusing at lightning speed on increasing the sustainability of visual entertainment. From filming and content creation, to broadcast distribution and Internet streaming, to the consumer devices themselves, all elements of the supply chain are actively improving efficiency.

“Nevertheless, there are ongoing challenges: At current trajectories, global television energy consumption alone could increase by 5% by 2026 as consumers migrate to higher-resolution screens and switch to 4K HDR video. So there are clear opportunities for further innovation in video encoding and delivery mechanisms to accommodate this potential surge.”


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