Assembly
Sustainability Policy

2024

Mission Statement

Assembly is acutely aware of the environmental crisis we face nationally and globally as well as the targets we as an industry need to reach in order to continue to produce content and create meaningful and impactful stories. In order to reduce emissions by 25% by 2025 and 50% by 2030, as outlined in the Irish Government’s Climate Action Plan 2023, Assembly has taken action responsibly in this time of crisis and has carefully examined the company’s activities with the aim of strategically reducing its carbon emissions. As demands and needs develop in response to the Climate Crisis, Assembly acknowledges the influence the creative industries have in this fight and commits to being an advocate, a transparent and authentic voice, to adapt and continually improve business operations and policy to meet those changing demands and needs. Assembly has set the following actionable goals to keep accountable as well as to continue to operate in the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have been identified as targets by many stakeholders across multiple industries and the following goals have been chosen as representative of the key focus areas of Assembly:

Climate Action forms a significant part of Assembly’s ethos and principles. Responsible Consumption and Production, Good Health and Well-being, Gender Equality and Reduced Inequalities are incorporated at every stage of the production process across all projects, irrespective of budget-size. Assembly realises the importance of fostering Partnerships for the Goals so that they can be meaningfully realised. In this way, Rebecca Bourke, Executive Producer, is a member and the Irish Ambassador of Green The Bid since 2021, former council member of AdNetZero from 2021 to 2023, and has pledged to make productions as close to zero-waste and minimal carbon as possible through sustainable and regenerative practices. As a member of both CPI and SPI, Assembly is committed to keeping up to date with the latest industry developments in sustainable production and abide by local, national and industry guidance and legislation. In addition, Assembly has engaged Alex de Valera, Sustainability Officer from Ecoscope Ltd., to consult on Assembly’s projects so that all productions are in line with industry best practice and reports are conducted on a regular basis.

At Assembly, we are excited about 2024 bringing more innovative and meaningful ways in which productions can reduce emissions. At every opportunity, we are eager to strengthen our partnerships and industry-facing stakeholder engagement further by conducting more reporting, case studies and continuing to support industry sustainability initiatives. One area of particular importance has been the health and well-being of all talent and crew members. For this reason, open communication and ensuring that reporting mechanisms and appropriate and verified resources are provided to all talent and crew on all Assembly shoots. We are also currently exploring the feasibility of supporting Irish Offsetting initiatives and look forward to sharing the results of this journey. We believe that collaboration, quantifying our efforts and decision-making being informed by scientific guidance and recommendations are key to taking action in times of crisis.

Sustainable Production in Practice

Communication & Engagement, Supporting Innovation & Reporting

  • Sustainability is a permanent line item on all Assembly budgets which helps to integrate Sustainability across every stage of the production process, including on-set compliance.
  • On all Assembly productions, a dedicated on-set crew member from Ecoscope Ltd. is engaged early in pre-production to ensure a strategic sustainability plan is created to reduce emissions.
  • Resources are prepared for each department, distributed and communicated ahead of shoot and a member of the Ecoscope team is contactable to assist departments with the implementation of the sustainability guidelines.
  • Assembly is aware of the importance of quantifying our impact and engages Ecoscope to conduct carbon reports on projects.
  • In addition, Assembly is a strong supporter of both industry and crew-led environmental and social sustainability initiatives, such as Glon, Get Set Solutions, Props 360, Circular Costume, Safe to Create and Minding Creative Minds and has and continues to support their innovation and development.

Waste Management

  • On all Assembly Productions, there is a strong emphasis on adherence to appropriate waste segregation practices. Over the last year, Assembly has achieved on average an 88% recycling and composting rate.
  • Glon’s three-bin system for general, recycling and compost/food waste streams along with Ecoscope signage are used to achieve this and to be in accordance with waste laws, food waste regulations and the ambitions of Ireland’s circular economy policies. [Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations 2009 7.1 a producer shall ensure, as a minimum, that – (a) food waste arising on the producers premises is source segregated and kept separate from non-biodegradable materials, other waste and contaminants].
  • From experience, we have found that the biggest contributor to on-set waste on our productions has been generated by catering. For this reason, all caterers engaged provide food in either 100% compostable or reusable dishware, cutlery, hotboxes and cups. Condiments and sauces are also supplied in bulk rather than single-use packaging.
  • On our shoots, we have enforced a strict no single-use plastic water bottle policy and a bring your own reusable water bottle policy to ensure optimal waste diversion figures. We also use reusable 19L water drums provided by Get Set Solutions to help achieve this.
  • All Assembly production paperwork operates on an opt-in printing basis and digital alternatives are always favoured.

Energy & Travel

  • A strict no-idling policy for all vehicles is implemented and monitored by an on-set crew member with support of Ecoscope signage. All Vehicle journeys are planned as much as possible and the right sized vehicle is chosen for the job to ensure fuel emissions are reduced. Equipment is chosen with energy efficiency kept in mind at all times and switched off and unplugged when not in use.
  • The Sustainability Team is in contact with the Electrical Department on all projects from early pre-production to ensure as many sustainable alternatives are used as possible, from using a high percentage of LEDs to battery powered equipment.
  • All unnecessary travel and fuel consumption is eliminated where possible and remote working options and virtual meetings are supported and favoured where possible over travel for work.
  • Where possible, trains and buses are used to transport talent and crew to regional locations rather than using a taxi. When taxis are necessary, we aim to use EVs or hybrids depending on availability.
  • First-class flights are avoided on all Assembly productions. Business flights have been reduced and only used as an option where necessary.
  • Renewable energy for office spaces, accommodation, workshops, unit bases, locations and studios are always favoured.
  • Renewable energy, such as biofuel/HVO, and battery units are used where possible for energy consumption on location where mains power is not feasible. Assembly was one of the first commercial production companies in the country to use HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) which reduces emissions by up to 90% and has continued to use HVO as opposed to Green Diesel ever since.

Sustainable Catering

  • Vegan and vegetarian meals are made available on all our sets.
  • Produce is sourced sustainably, locally and seasonally as much as possible and palm oil products are avoided.
  • Over the last few years, we have made a conscious endeavour to reduce Red meat meal options significantly and have now eliminated Beef meal options entirely from all our sets. The only meat options available on our sets are white meat which is sourced locally as much as possible.

Materials, Sustainable Procurement & Circular Economy

  • Sustainable Procurement and upholding the principles of the circular economy have always been a top priority on Assembly productions. Renting materials instead of purchasing has been favoured, majority of our productions source over 90% of items from prop houses, and when purchasing is necessary, departments are actively encouraged to opt for second-hand over new.
  • Sourcing sustainable alternatives and planning for materials to be donated, resold or repurposed so that materials can have a second- life is a cornerstone of how all departments operate on Assembly productions. Donating items to charity happens on every shoot.
  • Sets and flats are constructed using techniques that allow disassembly and increase the potential for sets and materials to be reused or repurposed and an asset disposal plan is always prepared in advance of shoot for the reuse and rehoming of costumes, props and materials at the end of production.
  • Reusable and refillable consumables, cruelty-free hair and personal care products are always favoured over single-use materials.