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2024 Impact Report: Sustainable Operations

Evaluating our operations from our buildings and vehicles to film sets and theme parks allows us to prioritize actions that have the greatest impact.

June 04, 2024

Greening Our Productions

For many years we’ve been integrating environmental protocols into film and TV productions across the world. From reusing sets to reducing food waste, these practices create a healthy and more sustainable experience behind the scenes and beyond.

As part of the NBCUniversal Sustainable Production Program, we have implemented a variety of fuel-saving initiatives across our sets to help reduce the carbon footprint of productions. Examples include “Based on a True Story,” which utilized an electric passenger van and solar trailers, “La Brea” and “Abigail,” which replaced diesel generators with hybrid electric units, and “The Fall Guy,” which included an electric Hummer as both a picture vehicle and a camera rig. These efforts and more helped our film and TV shows earn Gold and Green Seals from the Environmental Media Association, which annually recognizes sustainable production and environmental messaging in the entertainment industry.

Buildings That Matter

We are reimagining the design of new construction and major renovations for our buildings, parks, and other facilities to account for the future and integrate the latest green practices and technologies.

Universal Studios Lot

New construction nearing completion at the Universal Studios Lot in Los Angeles has been built to green building standards to help support sustainable production and greener operations. The project has included the Barham stages, which are on track to receive LEED Gold certification, as well as One Universal and The Commons, which are both being constructed to a LEED Platinum standard.

Universal Epic Universe

In 2025, Universal Destinations & Experiences will unveil Universal Epic Universe at Universal Orlando Resort. The park is the latest development to integrate energy efficiency and sustainable construction practices starting in the design of this exciting new destination.

CNBC International

CNBC’s new Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore received a Green Mark Gold certification by implementing sustainability measures such as  improving the energy efficiency of equipment and spaces.


Reducing Vehicle Emissions

Across our fleet, we’re continuing to utilize fuel efficiency technology and deploy hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) in select locations.

NBCUniversal purchased 227 EVs in 2023, including electric golf carts for Universal Orlando and the Universal Studios Lot in Los Angeles, as well as an electric forklift for the Telemundo Center in Miami and an electric heavy-duty box truck to make deliveries for Universal Studios Hollywood.

We have also taken additional steps to enable employees to charge their own EVs. In Hollywood, 132 electric vehicle chargers are being installed at One Universal.

Supporting Renewable Energy

Our businesses are also continuing to invest in on- site solar. Since the start of 2023, NBCUniversal has had 2.75 MW of new on-site solar projects completed or under construction, including installations at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, the Universal Studios Lot in California, Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, and local NBC and Telemundo stations in Washington, D.C.

Supporting Community Solar in Chicago

NBCUniversal is an anchor tenant subscribing to 4 MW of renewable energy from two community solar farms to be constructed outside Chicago. Once online, the projects are anticipated to supply the NBC Chicago and Telemundo Chicago stations with more than 6,000 MWh of renewable energy each year. In addition to supplying power to NBCUniversal and other anchor tenants, the developer has committed to making 20% of each solar farm’s output available for low- and moderate-income residential customers to subscribe to renewable energy at a guaranteed discounted rate, expanding clean energy access in the local community.

Learn More about Comcast NBCUniversal's sustainability efforts in our 2024 Impact Report.