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Wait, the Love Island Villa has *What* a big carbon footprint?

If you’ve ever wondered why the Love Islanders wear sunglasses after waking up, it’s not to hide their eye grime — it’s because the lights are incredibly bright.

And the bright lights, the air conditioning that works 24/7, and the 80 hidden cameras around the villa all add up when it comes to environmental impact or favorite dating show from everyone.

In fact, the amount of carbon dioxide produced by the villa during a series is equal to that of more than 20,000 plastic bottles.

According to energy supplier Bulb, in just two months the air conditioning alone could produce enough emissions that 602 trees would have to be planted to offset the impact.

Calculations show that just keeping all competitors cool for two months can produce 1,204 kg of carbon dioxide.

Meanwhile, night vision cameras and boiling kettles equals the same carbon footprint as more than 5,400 plastic bottles.

The villa would therefore need the equivalent of 1,659 trees planted to offset its total carbon footprint.

In case you were wondering, one tree equals 2kg of carbon dioxide, while a 500ml plastic bottle has a carbon footprint of 0.0828kg.

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It takes a lot of energy to run the Love Island villa

But of course, it’s not just Love Island that has a large carbon footprint. In 2011, a study commissioned by the BBC found that television production for just one hour at the BBC produced around 8.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide (the BBC produces 3,800 hours of television in-house every year).

Roughly, this is equivalent to the heating and lighting emissions of two semi-detached houses over an entire year.

In 2020, that figure was 9.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hour, down 10% from 10.2 tonnes in 2017, as part of efforts to reduce the impact.

In 2021, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere will reach 417 parts per million (50% higher than before the industrial revolution), with half the increase in carbon dioxide occurring since 1980.

The TV industry is aware of its impact and says it aims to achieve zero carbon emissions – the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, UKTV, Sky and Netflix have all pledged to use a bespoke calculator which calculates the carbon footprint of their production. .

But let’s not forget the biggest contributors to global warming – the top 20 companies that contributed 35% of all energy-related carbon dioxide and methane globally, totaling 480 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. of carbon since 1965 (including Shell and BP).

How many trees should they plant to compensate for this? (Answer: a lot)