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ORIGO STUDIOS is committed to foster and promote a more sustainable and efficient film industry.

We play an active role in raising awareness of the environmental impact of film production and in offering solutions towards a green-friendly approach to our clients.

This page aims to collect the best practices developed and adopted by us and our clients devoted to sustainability in the audiovisual industry.

The tools at GPG were created by the major studios and industry professionals to help you plan, communicate, implement, and track sustainable production practices on your set:

CLIMATE PROTECTION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

at ORIGO STUDIOS, 2021

Executive report by “Zöldterv” Building Engineering and Building Energy Ltd.

1. Objectives

ORIGO Film Group Filmgyártó Zrt. is committed to the issue of sustainable development, including climate and environmental protection, and thus strives to reduce its carbon footprint in its activities.

Purchase of exclusively "GREEN" district heating service

The district heating provider:

  • continuously increases the amount of heat from renewable energy sources, with which it can achieve further emission reductions while ensuring uninterrupted heat demand,
  • can reduce the use of non-renewable, fossil energy and thus CO2 emissions through the increasing use of renewable energies,
  • constantly strives to increase its energy efficiency, for which purpose it maintains an Energy Management System,
  • investments and maintenance are carried out to improve the service, which serve the protection of the environment (eg the involvement of renewable energy sources in district heating, the implementation of energy efficiency district heating developments, the establishment of a thermal cooperation system, etc.).

Purchase of exclusively "GREEN" electricity

Our company is committed to environmentally conscious operation, sustainable development and wants to reduce its ecological footprint. Therefore, we plan to buy only green electricity in the future to meet our electricity needs.

Why do we choose green electricity?

With the “Zölderedet” certificate, consumers can prove that the amount of electricity they use comes in part or in whole from renewable sources. This certificate is a certificate issued by an internationally qualified company based on EU standards.
But there is also an opportunity in the Hungarian market that offers not only green power, but also a green cooperation package. In addition to green electricity, this includes:

  • green bill, electronic electricity or bill printed on 100% recycled paper,
  • green communication support: certificate, PR appearance. The certificate can be placed anywhere, used in printed form, it can be referenced in publications, marketing communication publications, on websites.

2. Current results of 10 years of operation

  • GHG emissions
  • Heat loss in buildings

GHG emissions

The decisive part of our company’s energy consumption is electricity and district heating, therefore our efforts are aimed at increasing the efficiency of the use of these types of energy, continuously. The importance of this is underlined by the fact that increasing efficiency also reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which is the most important environmental task for all responsible companies today. The GHG emissions of ORIGO Film Group Filmgyártó Zrt. in the last 3 years are presented in the table below.

It is definitely noteworthy that the use of district heat does not result in GHG emissions locally, because the waste heat from the FKF Nonprofit Zrt Waste Utilization Power Plant is used in the district heating service. Almost half of the heat required for district heating in Hungary – 76% in the capital – is generated in power plants that produce both electricity and heat energy. As a result, less fuel is specifically required to produce these resources than if they were produced separately. 

Heat loss in buildings

District heating is used entirely to heat the main building and the filming sites, so the primary goal during the construction was to keep the transmission heat loss of the building much lower than the permissible value even 10 years ago.

The table below shows the specific heat loss of buildings compared to the permissible “requirement level for nearly zero energy buildings”.

It was shown by a percentage value “shown in the fifth column of the table” that all buildings are highly compliant with the 2021 specific heat loss requirements.

When building new buildings, the goal is to achieve a minimum of BB rating, as can be seen in the implementation of warehouses 31, 33.

3. Energy balance

The purpose of this chapter is to define baseline energy indicators and specific values (KPIs) for energy efficiency.

As the basis of our energy consumption, we determined the arithmetic average of the energy consumption values of the last 3 years (2018-2020).

Electricity

The distribution of electricity consumption over the last 3 years is shown in the diagram below. We specifically help each production to meet customer needs and the most energy-efficient operation, therefore, with our extensive sub-meter system, one can accurately detect the consumption of each filming location, and even the largest energy consumption can be measured separately.

Gas energy

Our natural gas consumption is entirely determined by the heat production for the kitchen and DHW of the main building.

District heating energy

The distribution of our district heat consumption over the last 3 years is shown in the diagram below.

4. Preparation of energy efficiency investments

ORIGO Studio’s plans for the next financial period

  • Replacement of studio luminaires and circuit assemblies
  • Replacement of outdoor luminaires and circuit assemblies
  • Replacing office equipment with more energy efficient ones
  • Installation of heat pump
  • Change of attitude
  • Adjustment
  • Application of a solar panel system
  • Electric car chargers

The policies adopted by ORIGO Studios is very satisfactory, cost effective and environmentally friendly. They are protecting the environment by reducing the emissions and utilizing these emissions in a meaningful purpose which saves the extra cost.

Energy security

ORIGO Studios is in a unique position, as the studio is located next to a waste incinerator, which allows for environmentally friendly operations, so the studio built a 2 steam heat exchanger heating unit on the FKF Waste Utilisation site.

The studio uses the steam generated by the waste incinerator located next to it. This thermal energy generated by the incinerator is circulated through a steam boiler with the help of heat exchangers to power their heating system. The thermal energy generated by the incinerator would be lost, but ORIGO Studios uses this steam to power their heating system. The thermal energy generated by the incinerator is circulated through a steam boiler with 2 heat exchangers, through a 250 DIN diameter pipe on the primary side, to the studio area, where the water is heated by the steam.

In the studio area, heat energy is transferred to the secondary side through 8 heat exchangers, where the heat is distributed to the ventilation system, the thermo fan, the radiator and the fan coil. The thermal energy will eventually reach its destination, warming up studios, offices and warehouses. This not only saves the energy lost but also protects the environment as well as saves extra cost that would be needed to generate energy if this alternative was not used.

Emphasis on high technology industries

The primary heat centre at the FKF incinerator also generates electricity from waste incineration using steam turbines, which is fed back into the grid. Thus the electricity used by the studio is renewable energy, as it is produced in the incinerator. The studio also makes sure that the studio lighting uses as little energy as possible. The studio’s exterior lighting system will soon be replaced by LEDs instead of metal halide bulbs.

This is a big step forward as LED bulbs consume 85% less energy than halogen bulbs while emitting the same amount of light. Six out of the eight studios are already using LED lighting, with the remaining two scheduled to switch from metal halide to LED in the autumn. These LED upgrades will result in annual savings of 3-5 million HUF and energy savings.

In summer, the studio uses liquid air conditioners, these liquid conditioners work in the same way as other air conditioners, except that instead of liquid gas, they cool water, which is pumped to the fan coils and ventilation systems. When cooling, heat is generated on the gas side of the liquid conditioner, and this heat energy is used to produce hot water through a heat exchanger, so when cooling, the studio recycles this heat and produces hot water.

Muhammad Imran Nawaz is an environmental engineer with a Ph.D. He has more than 17 articles published all around the world in international journals. He has ten years of academic and research experience in his field. He currently teaches at Jiangsu University in China.

Muhammad Imran Nawaz Ph.D.

Jiangsu University

Article published by Green Reporter

In 2021 one of the studio’s production crew has planted a tree in honour of the Birds and Trees Day, raising awareness for the importance of sustainable filmmaking.

This year, Birds and Trees Day fell on May 10th. The Environmental Department of the filming crew at ORIGO Studios planted the cherry tree at the main entrance honouring the national day. The compost they used was made out of the packaging catering uses for the crew meals every day, thereby closing the circle of economy and making use of something that would just have been general waste ending up in landfill otherwise.

Green Eyes, (aka Zsófia and Júlia), who run the Environmental Department on this show, are the very first green stewardesses on a high-end studio production shooting in Hungary. Planting the tree, was a small gesture to what the production aims for. From the get go, they have devised a multi-layered waste management system.

They collected 1.5 tonne of paper and cardboard, 385kg of plastic and 500kg compostable in 6 weeks with the assistance of a crew of 600. This waste garden has been established at the back of the ORIGO Stuidos parking lot, with two containers where the equipment is stored, the waste is collected and hand selected by a partner supplier.