“The film industry in Vancouver has long been conscious of sustainable production,” says Zena Harris, President at Green Spark Group, a sustainability consultancy that serves the film industry. “Efforts in this space formalized in 2006 with the formation of Reel Green and have evolved to include vendors such as Keep it Green Recycling and success stories on set like an 81% waste diversion rate from landfill on The X-Files(2015 reboot). We’ve got the infrastructure for recycling and we can continue to improve on that and consistently incorporate it; however, now what we need to focus on is reducing our greenhouse gas emissions during production, and a big contributor to those emissions are diesel generators.”
As green and creative industries merge to create solutions for more sustainable film production, an innovative company paves the way for cleaner power to fuel film sets.
Portable Electric is a Vancouver company that rents and sells silent, pollution-free power stations to anyone who needs electricity.
“Film production is a complex business. Managing not only the story and scripts, but also the environment can be challenging on the best of days,” says Mark Rabin, Founder and CEO of Portable Electric. “Power on set is a necessity, however, the added noise and pollution from traditional diesel generators do not need to be headaches that require additional time and resources to manage. We’ve made an alternative that helps the production avoid those headaches and reduce emissions, and contributes to a sustainable production – a win-win-win!”
Portable Electric has created VOLTstackTM Power Stations, which produce zero emissions, are silent, can be recharged for mere pennies, and require minimal maintenance. When compared with a traditional diesel generator, the VOLTStackTM is a healthier, safer, quieter, cleaner, and more convenient power source. It comes fully charged, is maintenance-free, and costs about the same to rent when you include fuel. While Portable Electric’s business currently focuses on powering events, they are breaking into the film industry and making waves.
Portable Electric displaced more than 13 fossil fuel generators for 3 film productions in the month of February 2017, sponsoring the Crazy8s Film Fest and providing power for a local independent film. This amounts to over 800 kg of CO2 equivalent emissions avoided. That’s equivalent to driving a gas-powered car for 1,874 km! (www.epa.gov).