Lewi's Clause

Film Production: Carbon Footprint Disclosure

A clause in production agreements obliging video/film production companies to disclose the carbon footprint generated by the production of the video/film in the credits.

Jurisdiction: England & Wales

What this clause does

Encourages parties to film/ video production agreements to take positive action to reduce the carbon footprint of the production, and to then publicise this in the credits to raise public awareness of the need to actively reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all spheres of economic activity. 



1.1 The Producer shall[, at its own cost,] calculate the Carbon Footprint using the Formula within [Insert] days following completion of production of the [Film/ Video] in order to determine the Green Disclosure.

1.2 The Producer shall ensure that the Green Disclosure is inserted in the main titles of the [Film/ Video] (whether appearing at the beginning or the end of the [Film/ Video]) on all positive copies of the [Film/ Video] made by or under the control of the Producer.

1.3 The Green Disclosure shall be in the same size (the term “size” meaning the height, width and thickness of the letters) and appear on the screen for the same duration as the credit accorded to the director of the [Film/ Video].

1.4 The Producer shall use reasonable efforts to prevent the removal or alteration of the Green Disclosure in any version of the [Film/ Video].


Carbon Footprint means the total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions attributable to all activities undertaken by the parties in connection with the production of this [Film/ Video].

Formula means the Albert carbon calculator.

Green Disclosure means a statement disclosing the [Film/ Video]’s Carbon Footprint, calculated in accordance with the Formula, in the form set out below:

“The production of this [film/ video] resulted in a carbon footprint of [around] [insert] [kg/ tonnes] of CO2e. That’s equivalent to [driving [insert]km in an average car].”

[Drafting note: all footprints need to be in CO2e, meaning CO2 equivalent. The emissions may be methane, for example, but they are stated in their equivalent CO2 amount.]

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