Eurimages’ commitment to consider environmental issues in its activities was formalised in September 2020 with the adoption of Resolution CM/Res(2020)8 by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. This document states in its articles 1.1, 2.3 and 8.1 that: Environmental impact should, whenever possible, be considered and reduced both when taking measures and implementing programme activities and in the Fund’s functioning.

In the framework of this strategy, “sustainability” is understood to be a focus on the environmental impact of the Fund’s activities, its functioning and on action towards climate neutrality. Gender equality and diversity issues are dealt with by a dedicated Eurimages Study Group while other areas of activity listed in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals go beyond the mandate of the Fund.

Eurimages acknowledges its accountability towards future generations regarding sustainable development, bearing in mind the undeniable environmental impact of international co-productions.

Eurimages also trusts that international cooperation is a key element to answer the challenges of climate change, hence engaging its responsibility as a platform to encourage the greening of the film industry in its member States.

Eurimages Board of Management established a Sustainability Study Group in March 2021 to develop a strategy and action plan to help the Fund meet these challenges while continuing to support quality projects of international reach.

 

 Background

Several international legal standards developed by the Council of Europe – notably the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Social Charter, and the Bern Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats among others – have been successfully invoked to help make progress on environmental issues. With these, the Council of Europe has underlined the undeniable link between human rights and a sustainable environment.

Eurimages' missions are built into the broader objectives of the Council of Europe, making it even more necessary to take the challenges of sustainable development into account. Many public and private organisations have already been active in the field and concrete measures are already in place. Eurimages would like to draw from these experiences. The European Audiovisual Observatory‘s conference “Boosting sustainable film through international collaboration” which took place in June 2021 laid the foundations for the Fund’s reflection and coincided with the launch of the Eurimages Sustainability Study Group. Also, Eurimages intends to place its work on a strategy and an action plan within the framework of the Structured Dialogue “Towards a climate-neutral audiovisual sector” led by the European Commission - DG CONNECT.

 

 Strategic objectives

Three strategic objectives addressing three different target groups were identified by the Sustainability Study Group.

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