FEED Autumn 2023 Web


“When Dock10 started 11 years ago, sustainability was very much a paper exercise for customers,” recalls COO Andrew Culley of the origins of television facility Dock10 in Salford, UK, which houses ten purpose-built studios and extensive post-production services. “Mostly, we were asked about sustainability so they could complete forms for industry tick boxes. But the world’s changed, and people now care about sustainability; they really want to know what we are doing and to understand the impact of what they are doing.” The company has a ‘commitment to excellence’ statement, through which it is resolved to operate a business that meets people’s expectations on sustainability – ‘both in principle and in action.’ Culley notes that systems are regularly and independently assessed against national and international best-practice standards, while low-carbon choices are used for

commuting business travel and the supply chain, including the cycle-to- work scheme, minimising business travel, enabling home working and buying from local suppliers. He adds: “The Dock10 facility is a net-zero-carbon building, and we are proud to hold several UKAS- accredited certifications, including ISO 50001 energy management and ISO 14001 environmental management. These are the result of tangible actions that speak so much louder than words. Sustainability pervades our entire business because we’ve embedded strong ESG policies and practices so deeply that they are now part of our company’s DNA.” Regarding broader technological changes that benefit sustainability, Culley concurs with the suggestion that the pandemic era has helped reset industry thinking. “I think we’ve become more open to new concepts. Ideas about remote working, for

example, were hard to get over the line, but overnight we went from ‘we could do this’ to ‘we must do this!.’ We embraced new technologies and processes enabling us to work effectively from anywhere.” Culley – who says the company is reducing its carbon footprint by 5% each year with the objective of becoming carbon neutral by the end of 2025 – also highlights Dock10’s impressive collaboration with IPE. This has resulted in the planting of 2500 trees in the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil to create an area of forest that is the same size as the physical footprint of its building (12,500 sq m). “These trees have been grown from seed and planted as part of a globally important tree-corridor project, joining up isolated patches of rainforest,” he says. “Dock10’s trees will help form a corridor enabling endangered species such as the jaguar and black lion tamarin to move between areas. This brings environmental benefits beyond carbon offsetting – and to me that epitomises Dock10’s whole approach to sustainability.”

AIM HIGH Dock10 plans to be carbon neutral by 2025


ANDREW CULLEY Chief operating officer, Dock10


Powered by