Energy conservation reduces air pollution, curbs climate change and saves both resources and money.
Warner Bros. began implementing a company-wide energy conservation program in 1999, including the installation of more efficient lighting, updated equipment and automated control systems. Today, these ongoing improvements conserve over 12 million kilowatts of energy, the equivalent of providing electricity to over 1000 U.S. homes, and save more than $1.8 million annually.
In addition to conserving energy, Warner Bros. invests in clean, renewable energy.
In 2002, Warner Bros. piloted a small solar project on the roof of the Warner Bros. Photo Lab. Off that success, a 72-kilowatt solar power system was constructed on the Studio’s Mill Building roof in 2006; the Mill Building system was the first large-scale solar power project in the entertainment industry. In 2008, this system was expanded to more than 500 kilowatts, comprised of 2,722 solar panels spanning 79,000 square feet of roof space. Most recently, a 100-kilowatt system was added to Stage 23, bringing the Studio’s total solar energy portfolio to over 600 kilowatts. In addition, solar energy systems are being used by Warner Bros. films and television shows to power production base camps.
Clean Air Club
The Warner Bros. launched the Clean Air Club in 2009 as a superior alternative to the Studio’s previous incentive program. Open to all employees interested in ridesharing and other money saving alternatives to driving alone, the program emphasizes the environmental and health benefits of cleaner air and reduced traffic congestion. In addition, it offers money-saving tools and resources to members. Members are engaged to lead by example and highlight the advantages of commuting by foot, bicycle, bus, train, carpool and vanpool. First year membership sign-up goals were exceeded by 28%, a new bicycle policy has been implemented and the program continues to grow.
Biodiesel Fuel Alternative
In 2009, the Warner Bros. Studio Facilities Transportation department began providing biodiesel (B20) on the Lot for use by all television and film productions. Two 1,000 gallon above-ground tanks were installed; Warner Bros. in the only studio to make biodiesel accessible and 64 shows and film units utilize it. In 2010, biodiesel comprised more than 30% of all on-lot fuel purchases.