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AA's Climate Action group launches green ad production initiative

09 Sep 2020  |  Michaela Jefferson 
AA's Climate Action group launches green ad production initiative

The Climate Action Working Group, established by the Advertising Association (AA) in partnership with ISBA and the IPA, has launched a new industry standard for climate-friendly advertising production in the UK.

According to the AA, AdGreen launches with two aims: to measure advertising production carbon footprints and determine which activities have the most negative environmental impact, and to "empower" the industry to reduce emissions.

The initiative will provide tools, services and expertise to the ad production community from 2021, including a renewable energy buy-in scheme, a carbon footprint calculator and, in the future, certification and a high quality offsetting scheme.

Led by industry specialist Jo Coombes with support from strategy advisor Tricia Duffy, AdGreen is a strategic partnership with the BAFTA-led TV and film sustainability project, albert.

"We want to build a future-proofed, carbon literate workforce, giving us the opportunity for the highest creative ambition with the lowest carbon impact," Coombes said.

"Ultimately, AdGreen means everyone producing advertising work will be able to capture and understand their own footprint data; advertisers and advertising agencies will be able to compare that to anonymised benchmarks.”

The launch of AdGreen is the first major announcement from the Climate Action Working Group since it was established in January this year. Commenting on the news, Stephen Woodford, the AA's chief executive, said: "We are determined our industry does everything in its power to respond to the climate emergency.

"Our thanks go to all our founding partners for providing the funding to make this happen.”

AdGreen is backed at launch by adam&eveDDB, APR (Advertising Production Resources), Havas, MullenLowe Group as part of IPG, Sky, Unilever and WPP.

Alongside the IPA and ISBA, the standard is also supported by the Advertising Producers Association (APA) and the Association of Photographers (AOP).

The AA said it is "actively seeking" more partners to "accelerate the uptake and impact" of AdGreen and, while the initiative is currently focused on the UK ad production community, it is exploring ways to establish the standard at an international level.

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