A Carbon Neutral Futurama


Photo By 30th Century Fox

Futurama is now carbon neutral. The animated series went green in 2007 when it released its first feature-length production Futurama: Bender's Big Score. It even won the Carbon Neutral DVD Release of the Year Award. Since then, Twentieth Century Fox has released two more straight-to-DVD Futurama features. Both are carbon neutral. In that time, Futurama and Co have made significant cuts to their overall carbon emissions.
How Their Carbon Impact Was Reduced
The people at 20th Century Fox used a self-described three-fold method. They measured their carbon impact. They reduced the amount of overall energy consumption and used renewable energy when possible. When carbon emissions were unavoidable, they purchased carbon offsets.

Futurama's Carbon Impact
Working with Clear Carbon Consulting, Fox was able to measure the carbon footprint of their DVD's manufacture and release. According to these findings, the first two Futurama movies produced 447.5 tons of carbon emissions each. The number seems real high, but this includes manufacture, production, electricity used by the animation companies overseas, distribution, delivery to market, plane travel, etc. Some of these carbon emissions may have been emitted had the DVD not been produced.

Carbon Production Progress
The third DVD Futurama: Bender's Game released only 370 tons of CO2. In less than a year, they were able to eliminate over seventy tons of carbon dioxide from their production and manufacturing processes. Imagine how much carbon is released from DVD manufacturers who aren't environmentally conscious.

Reducing Their Carbon Footprint
Cinram the company that manufactures the Futurama DVDs managed to cut emissions by installing an efficient boiler, upgrading their lighting and effective management of IT energy. These methods have saved 750,000 kWh and 80,000 ccf of natural gas. The company also managed to eliminate waste, reusing 98% of all discarded materials.

How The Carbon Was Offset
How do you offset 447 tons of carbon emissions? You purchase offsets at a wind farm project in India. The purchase was made by Fox and verified by Det Norske Veritas, a Norwegian company that specializes in safeguarding the environment.

Co-Starring Al Gore
Al Gore's actual voice and animated persona have appeared in various episodes of the TV series and in the first DVD release. Al Gore has also gifted his voice to an animated short titled "A Terrifying Message From Al Gore."

Into the Wild Green Yonder
The next Futurama movie, Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder, is slated to be released in February of 2009. It may be the last Futurama feature produced. It may not. One thing is for certain, however, the future will be a better place if all the DVDs produced were carbon neutral.

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