A number of the world’s biggest record labels have come together to pledge to take action on their environmental impact.
The three major labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group – as well as independents such as label groups Beggars and Secretly, Warp, Ninja Tune and many others, have signed the Music Climate Pact which will see them commit to “climate action”. targets”.
Companies will subscribe to one of two existing programs, Science Based Targets or SME Climate Commitment, the latest part of the UN Race to Zero initiative. Both programs require signatories to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and achieve a 50% reduction by 2030.
Under the pact, the companies also pledged to collaborate on measuring carbon emissions in the music industry, help their artists speak out on climate issues, and communicate with the artists’ fans on the music industry. impact of the music industry on the environment. . They will aim to work with streaming companies such as Spotify “to obtain data and pilot emission reduction projects in a collaborative way”.
Paul Redding, managing director of Beggars Group (which includes 4AD, XL, Rough Trade and others), said the signatories will “pull in the same direction on sustainability topics” to “do the same work, in the same way, at the same time”.
The industry faces issues such as the impact of world touring, vinyl manufacturing and the energy used to power streaming.
In October, Coldplay became one of the highest profile artists to commit to a cut in emissions, promising a 50% reduction for their next world tour compared to the previous one.