Clean & Green City
The city of Frankfurt am Main and the land of Hesse are dedicated to minimizing our carbon footprint, which also applies to filming.
In Germany, green consultants are available to provide advice on film productions, starting with the preparations for shooting.
The Bundesverband Green Film & TV Consultants Deutschland e.V. will be happy to advise you:
You can find more general information and the latest news on green filming on these websites (German only) https://www.hessenfilm.de/film-commission-hessen/green-shooting.html https://greenshooting.mfg.de/, https://greenshooting.mfg.de/praxiswissen/ and https://greenfilmshooting.net/blog/de/.
The area of Frankfurt am Main & sustainability
The following text provides an overview of the region's position on sustainability which we encourage you to become familiar with. Most of the links, however, are to sites in German only.
The importance of the city of Frankfurt am Main as a national and international business location raises many environmental policy issues. The quality of the location can only be reinforced in the long term if the natural foundations of life are preserved, the environmental and residential quality is improved, and natural resources are used as efficiently as possible. The Environmental Office of the City of Frankfurt am Main is basically responsible for this.
48 percent of the city's area is green open spaces and water areas. And if you look closely, you will discover palm trees along the Main River, dunes in the GrünGürtel (green belt), wilderness at the Old Airfield, old city parks, many playgrounds and large wooded areas. Frankfurt offers the right green space for every interest.
There are more than 40 parks in the city - from those with a rather wild character like the Volkspark Niddatal to those with a meditative aura like the Chinese Garden. Most of them were created from the magnificent gardens of the Rothschild, Bethmann and Brentano families - in an English landscape garden style with beautiful old trees. There are more than 50 lakes, ponds and pools, plus about 100 hectares of well-tended green spaces along the Main and Nidda rivers and the Palmengarten, which is famous far beyond the city limits.
You can find contact persons for filming in parks and forests under Filming.
The city of Frankfurt am Main has recognized the challenges of climate change as an interdisciplinary task and is rising to the moment with great commitment as part of the initiative Frankfurt Green City.
Agenda Stadtplan the city of Frankfurt am Main provides a digital guide to sustainable action.
The work of Umweltforums Rhein-Main pursues the aim of promoting sustainable development and environmental protection in accordance with Agenda 21. It is the contact point for sustainable development of the Rhine-Main region.
Since the beginning of 2022, minimum ecological standards have been mandatory for all HessenFilm funded projects. These minimum standards also precisely regulate catering, power supply, travel and waste disposal. All further details can be found here: https://www.oekologische-mindeststandards-greenmotion.de/oekologische-mindeststandards/
A CO2 calculator can help you to find out which activities in your production are really impacting the climate and can reduce pollutant emissions.
HessenFilm und Medien GmbH offers the calculator free of charge for Hessian filmmakers at: https://hessenfilm.greenshooting.de/de_DE/
CO2 emissions cannot be avoided completely, but can be compensated for through certain measures. The following providers use the compensations they collect to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions through various projects, such as the expansion of renewable energies in developing countries.
The following are people to contact in Frankfurt to help you keep your filming project green:
Arrival / Traffic
Frankfurt is an international transportation hub with the largest airport in Germany and one of the largest long-distance train stations.
The easiest way to get around the city is to use the public transport system of the Rhein-Main Verkehrsverbundes RMV.
If personal vehicles are needed after all, there are also environmentally friendly options, such as e-cars or bicycles.
e-CarSharing.net is an overview and comparison platform for e-mobility rentals. It is designed to help find electric cars, plug-in hybrids and electric scooters - in short, e-mobility - that can be rented, borrowed, leased or used within a car-sharing service.
An overview of rental bicycles is provided by the Allgemeine Deutsche Fahrrad Club ADFC.
Food / Catering
For crew catering you can use local caterers who ideally also use regional and organically produced food.
Caterers also provide you with tableware and thus help to reduce the consumption of resources through disposable materials.
Leftovers from catering - if still in their original packaging and non-perishable - should not end up in the trash can, but instead be donated to Frankfurter Tafel.
Leftover perishable food may also be disposed of via ReFood which is then used as a source of biogas, for example: https://www.refood.de/rf/lebensmittelentsorgung/
Garbage sorting / waste disposal
FES Frankfurter Entsorgungs- und Service GmbH is a company that can offer a complete package of services for waste disposal and cleaning. According to your requirements, FES offers customized solutions, including a comprehensive range of consulting services. FES disposes of the waste it generates professionally and in accordance with the statutory provisions of the Closed Substance Cycle and Waste Management Act and the Commercial Waste Ordinance, and cleans using the latest technology
A direct power connection on the set is more environmentally friendly than a diesel generator. The Netzdienste Rhein Main is happy to advise you.
Local service providers in the film sector are also increasingly focusing on environmental and resource-saving techniques. You can learn more from the environmental manager of Ludwig Kameraverleih and MBF Filmtechnik GmbH:
Danny Böhlendorf (Hamburg)