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Producers of TV series 24 – starring Kiefer Sutherland – have announced plans to make filming of the show more environmentally friendly and to launch it as the first “carbon neutral” TV production.

Executives at Fox made the announcement this week, and have said they plan to cut down on the fuel used by the production in an attempt to curb emissions.

The new plans include using biofuel in all trucks, transport and generators, motion monitors in bathrooms and kitchens on-set to make the lights more efficient, consultants to monitor carbon emissions, and the purchase of carbon off-sets from wind power plants in India.

“No one is kidding themselves that viewers want to see Jack Bauer stop in the middle of an action scene and deliver some line about the environment,” said 20th Century Fox Television chairwoman Dana Walde. “[But we hope it will be] a more gratifying viewing experience, even if it is at a more subconscious level.”

Executive producer Howard Gordon adds that the plans won’t impact on the plot lines of the show.

“If we’ve needed a car chase, we’ve had a car chase,” he said. “Our obligation is first and foremost to the fans. If we have budget cuts and need to save money then we’ll have fewer car crashes.”

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