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New Green Games Guide launched to help UK games businesses address urgent climate crisis

Thursday 25th March, 10am  - Ukie and Games London today launch a new Green Games Guide to help UK games businesses take action against climate change.

The two organisations have also announced that they are partnering with the Playing for the Planet Alliance, founded in 2019 by members including Sony Interactive Entertainment, Microsoft, Space Ape, Ustwo and Sports Interactive and facilitated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with the support of GRID-Arendal and Playmob..

The new Green Games Guide is the UK’s first resource that contains practical advice and outlines steps that games business can take to reduce emissions and waste across their offices and operations.

The partnership between Ukie, Games London and the Playing for the Planet Alliance will also encourage the sector to think about how it can use its huge reach – the games industry has the potential to reach 1 in 3 people on the planet – to inspire players to change how they think about the environment and to start conversations about the wider collective efforts the sector can make.

Ukie has also announced it will  join the Playing for the Planet Alliance as an Associate Member. As a Playing for the Planet member, Ukie is committing to going carbon net zero by the end of 2022,  to promoting the work of the Alliance  to UK games businesses and to collaborating on events such as a games industry presence at this year’s COP26 Climate Change summit, held this year in the UK.

Ukie CEO, Dr Jo Twist OBE said: “The impact of climate change affects us all, as individuals, businesses and global citizens. The games industry, with its boundless creativity, its constantly evolving interaction with technology and its power as a communications medium to reach and inspire a global audience of billions is particularly well equipped to start collectively making a real difference.

We’re delighted to join Playing for the Planet, to help games businesses understand how their practices in making games and doing business can be more environmentally friendly. Some games companies are already taking action, so amplifying their efforts and sharing best practice widely will make a bigger difference.”

Sam Barratt, Chief of Youth, Education and Advocacy at UNEP, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the support of Ukie and Games London for the Playing for the Planet Alliance. Through initiatives like the new Green Games Guide and collaboration on events like COP26, we can further increase awareness and action around the greatest multiplayer challenge of our time: climate change.”

Michael French, Head of Games at Film London / Games London said: “The launch of the Green Games Guide is a milestone for London and UK games developers – most importantly it starts a conversation about how businesses of any size can play a part in addressing climate change. Interactive entertainment is one of the most innovative sectors in the world with one of the most engaged audiences. Let’s use all that to make a swift and positive contribution to the planet.”

Read the Green Games Guide here: https://ukie.org.uk/greengamesguide

Discover the Ukie sustainability campaign page here: www.ukie.org.uk/sustainability