News Corporation is committed to minimizing its environmental impact, growing sustainably, and inspiring others to take action.

Our long term vision is to:

  • Grow our business without growing our carbon footprint
  • Power our operations with clean electricity
  • Minimize solid waste to landfill from our production operations
  • Engage our readers, viewers, and customers on sustainability issues through partnerships and content of the highest caliber

What are We Doing?

June 2008

FOX News Channel / FOX Business Network, Transportation, US

Fox Newsgathering teams continually assess new hybrid and flex-fuel trucks for the fleet

Fox Newsgathering teams continually assess new hybrid and flex-fuel trucks for the fleet, in search of more fuel-efficient vehicles that meet the hauling needs of Newsgathering.

Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), Paper, US

FNG online payroll self-service website

On June 30, 2008 Fox Networks Group will begin piloting an online payroll self-service website to allow employees to access and edit their payroll information anytime, anywhere. In addition to being safer and more convenient, self-service is also good for the environment: Once the program goes into full effect, FNG will save over 100,000 paper pay stubs and forms, in addition to 85,000 envelopes, per year.

Audience engagement, Energy usage, Facilities, Fox Home Entertainment, Other, Recycling / waste, Renewable energy, Supply chain, Transportation, Twentieth Century Fox Television, US

Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs

Futurama, Twentieth Century Fox Television (TCFTV) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) are committed to reducing our impact on climate change. The Beast with a Billion Backs is the company's second carbon-neutral DVD release. (Futurama: Bender's Big Score was the company's first-ever carbon neutral DVD and was awarded most environmentally friendly DVD of the year by The Digital Entertainment Group at the inaugural Green Media Summit in Los Angeles.)

Our strategy to reach net zero emissions for the DVD was three-fold:

  • To measure our carbon impact
  • To reduce our energy use and switch to renewable sources of power wherever possible and to encourage suppliers to reduce their climate impact
  • To offset our unavoidable emissions

Measuring our carbon impact:
To conduct this analysis, we worked with Clear Carbon Consulting and used the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, developed by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, to instruct our measurement methodology.

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Audience engagement, Employee engagement, Italy, Other, Sky Italia

Sky Italia hosted former U.S. Vice President Al Gore in Rome

Sky Italia hosted former U.S. Vice President Al Gore in Rome to launch the Italian outpost of Current TV and to raise awareness of global environmental issues with the Italian public and media.

Canada, Recycling / waste, Twentieth Century Fox Television

"Waste into Wonder"

Twentieth Century Fox Television has partnered with Green Standards' "Waste into Wonder" campaign, a program that takes used office furniture and IT supplies from companies and distributes it to schools in need around the world. Green Standards cleared FOX offices in Toronto of redundant corporate assets. The items included therein will be put to good use in Ontario and possibly, around the Globe.

Paper, Twentieth Century Fox Television, US

Twentieth Century Fox Television transformed its paper consumption habits by utilizing its Virtual Production Office (VPO), which is an online hub for Fox productions that facilitates the virtual sharing of scripts, schedules and calendars. The VPO not only saves paper, it also saves time and fuel use by eliminating hand-delivery of these documents.  

Other, Paper, Transportation, Twentieth Century Fox Television, US

Twentieth Century Fox Television website allows the viewing of casting sessions over the internet, eliminating need for tapes, DVD's, transport, and paper.

National Geographic Channel, Other, US

Portal for desktop screening

The National Geographic Channel developed a portal for desktop screening of video content, thus reducing the need for DVD and VHS tapes.

National Geographic Channel, Transportation, US

The National Geographic Channel is investing in video-conferencing facilities to help reduce air travel.

Audience engagement, National Geographic Channel, US

The National Geographic Channel launched "Preserve Our Planet," an on-air and consumer marketing initiative that includes upcoming programming (Six Degrees that Will Change the World, The human Footprint and Impossible: Planet Earth), a robust Web site and PSAs dedicated to empowering viewers and communities by informing them how their choices and activities can make a positive difference in the effort to protect the environment.

National Geographic Channel, Renewable energy, US

National Geographic Channel, as part of the National Geographic Society, contracted with Pepco Energy to buy 39 million kilowatt-hours of wind power--100% of its energy need. The purchase took the form of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), which are market tools used to encourage growth in the renewable energy market.

Corporate, Paper, US

Copy paper

News America Incorporated has replaced almost all of its virgin copy paper with recycled-content paper.

Corporate, Lighting, US

Lighting at 1211

The company conducted a full lighting audit of its headquarters in New York City and identified the potential for significant energy and cost reductions. The lighting retrofit is now underway.

Corporate, Other, US

Fox cafeterias have begun using biodegradable materials for utensils, plates, and plastics

Audience engagement, FOX News Channel / FOX Business Network, US

"Go Green" magazine

FNC regularly produces on-air segments on a number of its shows tackling the importance of energy conservation. The network aggregates this content in an online magazine called "Go Green."

FOX News Channel / FOX Business Network, Lighting, US

CRT monitors replaced with LCDs

At Fox News Channel headquarters, CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors are replaced with LCD's (Liquid Crystal Display) when they expire. Employees are encouraged to "power down" their PC's when not in use, to use the multi-function Xerox machines to fax and scan electronically, and to print double-sided to reduce waste.

Employee engagement, Fox Television Stations, US

A number of the Fox Television Stations have put in place indoor bike racks and shower facilities to accommodate employees who choose to ride to work.

Audience engagement, Employee engagement, Fox Television Stations, US

Fox Television Stations launched FOXe, a programming campaign that cut across all of its local news stations, to coordinate the efforts of the network in generating programming related to climate change and energy savings. Through an ongoing series of news pieces and in-depth specials, news stations across the country have kept their audiences informed about what they can do to conserve energy and help save the environment.

Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), IT, Paper, US

FNG removes banner pages

Fox Networks Group removed banner pages from Xerox Multi Function Devices.

Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), IT, Paper, US

FNG offices have set Xerox Multi Function Devices to print double sided by default.

Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), IT, US

FNG has instituted an automatic power-down of unused, noncritical computers (e.g. non-broadcast supported PCs) between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. local time)

Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), Other, US

In FOX's offices in Los Angeles and in company headquarters in New York City, cafeterias have begun using biodegradable materials for utensils, plates, and plastics.

Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), Renewable energy, US

FSN Northwest (Fox Networks Group) had a VendingMiser installed by Puget Sound Energy on one of our vending machines. The device conserves energy by powering down the cold beverage machine when no one is using it. A typical cold beverage vending machine consumes $250 of electricity per year. The VendingMiser can reduce that by 40%.

Employee engagement, Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), US

FSN Detroit's (Fox Networks Group) building cafe, Sweet November, is now providing the following discounts to FSND employees: CoolChange or Big Fox mug will get you .50 cents off regular coffee. Sweet deal! Standard size mug provides a .35 cent discount. For those ordering lattes or specialty drinks, a .25 cent discount is offered. (Lisa Giles: lisa.giles@foxsports.net)

Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), Recycling / waste, US

FSN Detroit (Fox Networks Group) has implemented a robust recycling program, through which employees can dispose of all paper materials, aluminum products, and batteries

Employee engagement, Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), US

Fox Networks Group's employee leadership program helps each department integrate energy and invironmental initiatives.

Facilities, Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), US

Fox Creative Services produced the first-ever carbon-neutral Emmy Awards show. Highlights include partnering with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to secure renewable energy for the Shrine Auditorium, installing a solar canopy above the red carpet grandstands, a red carpet and stage area blue carpet made from 95,000 recycled plastic bottles, and a press tent illuminated with only compact fluorescent and LED lighting technology. Plus the solar system has been donated to a local school and will continue generating renewable energy for the next 25 years.

Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), Other, US

Fox Networks Group replaced lighting, switched to 100% recycled paper and initiated a new recycling program.

Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), Other, US

FSN Ohio and Midwest installed a water purification system for employees to use with reusable cups.

Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), Lighting, US

FSN Rocky Mountain installed track lights in control room, tape room and edit rooms; also put rechargeable batteries in its microphones. Savings is expected to be 60% annually.

Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), Lighting, US

Fox Network Engineering and Operations' new facility in Houston will utilize LED lighting in master control rooms. The initiative is helping them save thousands of dollars every year.

Australia, Facilities, Fox Filmed Entertainment, Water

FFE has upgraded its water sprinkler stations to save on water.

Australia, Facilities, Fox Filmed Entertainment

FFE Australia has installed power factor correction units into its chiller plants.

Australia, Fox Filmed Entertainment, Lighting

FFE Australia has installed motion sensors in less frequented areas to activate lighting.

Australia, Fox Filmed Entertainment, Lighting

FFE Australia has istalled of LED downlights and converted from 50watt light to a 12watt light.

Australia, Fox Filmed Entertainment, Water

FFE Australia has installed water tanks around the sound stages to preserve water.

Fox Filmed Entertainment, Other, US

On the lot of Fox Filmed Entertainment, Fox Food Service is taking on a host of initiatives to increase energy efficiency and reduce waste. Among many initiatives are: turning menus into pads for the office, reducing use of disposable cups, introducing biodegradable dishware and cleaning supplies, shifting to organic ingredients, and using china instead of disposable plates whenever possible.

Fox Filmed Entertainment, Paper, US

Fox Filmed Entertainment scripts are printed double-sided to minimize paper waste.

Facilities, Fox Filmed Entertainment, US

On the Los Angeles lot, FFE has begun to use solar-powered golf carts.

Employee engagement, Fox Filmed Entertainment, US

Fox Filmed Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Television Studios are working on extensive guides to climate- and eco-friendly television and film production (including sourcing energy- and carbon-efficient generators and fuel all over the world)

FOX IT, IT, Paper, US

Print 2-sided

FOX IT set Xerox Multi Function Devices to print 2-sided by default.

FOX IT, IT, US

Removal of banner pages

Removal of banner pages from Xerox Multi Function Devices.

FOX IT, IT, US

Auto power-down

Automatic power-down of unused, non-critical computers (e.g. non-broadcast supported PCs) between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. local time.

FOX IT, Paper, US

Employing tech to enable paperless mtgs

FOX IT is employing technology to enable paperless meetings. Each meeting expected to avoid 2 lbs of CO2 emissions.

Employee engagement, Fox Digital, US, Water

Water filtration units

With each new office opening, Fox Interactive Media is installing water filtration units, eliminating the need for bottled water deliveries. Also, they have issued each person a water bottle and coffee mug and have banned the use of paper cups and plates.

Fox Digital, IT, US

Fox Interactive Media's data servers are the most energy-efficient models available. FIM has also vacated older, less efficient data centers in favor of more efficient ones.