Jack Bauer really is trying to save the world.
A year ago, the folks behind Fox’s hit TV show ‘24′ boldly announced that they were going to reduce their carbon footprint — and wanted viewers to do the same. Now 365 days later, the show’s producers say they’ve “far exceeded” their goals and will be the first TV show ever to achieve carbon neutrality.
Public service announcements on the greening of ‘24′ aired during Monday’s broadcast of the show. The PSAs feature Kiefer Sutherland (watch it here), Cherry Jones (President Taylor), Carlos Bernard (Tony Almeida) and Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe O’Brien).
So what’s green about the show? There’s a long list, so let me touch on a few of the eco-friendly changes the show’s teams have made:
- Replaced lighting with compact fluorescent lighting.
- Started turning off all electrical equipment when not in use.
- Introduced biodiesel-blended fuels to power generators and production vehicles.
- Began using hybrid vehicles.
- All the electricity for the show’s operations, through the L.A. Department of Water and Power, came from renewable energy sources (a mix of wind, hydro and solar).
- All scripts, schedules and other paperwork is now delivered electronically.
“This is a passion project for us at ‘24,’ and we’re amazed by how much we were able to achieve this past season in terms of conserving energy and reducing carbon emissions,” said the show’s executive producer Howard Gordon. “But now the really important work begins, which is to inspire our audience to make changes in their own lives.”
How ’bout that: Leading by example. Who’s next?
24 airs Mondays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.