Excellence in Sustainability

Environmental concerns are becoming ever-more prominent in our world as we seek to stop and reverse the environmental damage that threatens future generations' prosperity and health. IABM champions stewardship of the environment and encourages organizations and individuals to reduce their footprint in every way possible. 

In judging the IABM Excellence in Sustainability Award, the judges look for specific initiatives among organizations and individuals that demonstrate a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability.

IABM International Award for Excellence in Sustainability 2016 – sponsored by IBC

Suzanne Dolan – individual contribution winner
Suzanne Dolan is the driving force behind UK serial drama EastEnders’ engagement with sustainability, culminating in the show being awarded a 3-star rating on the Albert certification scheme for sustainable production. As one of the most widely watched programs on BBC Television, the sustainability badge that now appears on the end credits of the program is hugely influential. “For EastEnders, Suzanne has organised Carbon Literacy training to get department heads and staff informed and motivated; set up a sustainability steering group; overseen projects in Elstree which include installation of low energy studio lighting in studios saving 90,000kWh per year; cut paper use by 50% across scripts/documents; reduced DVD waste and road emissions by cutting DVD rushes; recycled props, costumes, sets, paint and paste pots. Suzanne’s positive attitude and absolute determination make her a very worthy winner of this award,” said John Ive, IABM Director of Technology and Innovation.  


BAI Communications – company award winner
BAI Communications has successfully introduced a renewable energy Solar PV solution at its Muswellbrook transmission site in NSW, Australia. The trial project has proven reliable in taking this remote site off the grid while continuing to deliver high quality broadcasting, radio, and critical emergency services for over 50,000 end users within a 500km radius. “This successful trial has given BAI Communications the confidence to further pursue its quest to become a carbon neutral organization, and a leader in delivering energy efficient services within the broadcasting industry: just the right credentials to win the award for excellence in sustainability,” said John Ive.


2016 Shortlist

  • Sky Italia
  • Embrionix
  • BAI Communications
  • Suzanne Dolan, Series co-ordinator at Eastenders
  • BBC One Show
  • The BBC Watches

2015 Winner

Coronation Street/ITV Studios

When long-running British serial drama Coronation Street relocated its production site to MediaCityUK in 2014, it pledged to deliver ‘television drama of the highest quality with the lowest possible environmental impact’.

“Coronation Street/ITV Studios has provided a blueprint for sustainable television production,” said John Ive, IABM Director of Technology and Strategic Insight. 

“They have assessed and minimised the environmental impact of every element of the production from renewable energy to power the site, to electronic scripts and ‘paperwork’, recycling and minimising waste across the entire production chain.”

“Coronation street is very pleased to receive this award from the IABM. We have worked extremely hard in championing sustainable TV production and have no doubt this Award will help us further our goals.” - Robbie Sandison, Head of Production, Coronation Street 

In addition, GENELEC was highly commended in this category for its 30-year commitment to sustainability, which it regards as a core part of its business values.

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