Music industry heavyweights promise concerted and coordinated climate action


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The Music Climate Pact marks an important step in aligning the global music industry around a cohesive, industry-coordinated strategy – and unifies existing climate initiatives.

A group of leading music companies have signed a far-reaching pledge to decarbonise the global music industry in accordance with the latest climate science advances.

Initiated by the UK‘s Independent Music Association (GOAL) in collaboration with the British Label Association BPI, the founding signatories of the Climate Music Pact cover many areas of the music industry and include the three major music groups –
Sony, Universal and Warner – as well as world-renowned independents
Beggars Group, BMG, Brownswood Recordings, Ninja Tune, Secretly Group, Warp
and others.

By February 2022, the founding signatories will have to join one of the two programs – the Science-Based Targets Initiative
(SBTi) or UN support Race to zero Climate commitment of SMEs
– to ensure that signatories work with experts to define and execute achievable climate goals on which they will report regularly.

The Pact, drawn up with the support of the United Nations Environment Program, marks an important step in aligning the global music industry and measures already taken by individual companies, around a coherent and coordinated industry strategy, and unites existing climate initiatives.

For some signatories, this could include GOAL‘s Climate action group, the group Almost New Vinyl
initiative to reduce vinyl waste, and IMPALA‘s (which represents independent European labels) Carbon calculator – a future tool for the independent music sector. Other signatories will seek to fulfill this commitment by exploring the music industry’s directions for the SBTi initiative; as well as building on the measures already taken by Group of beggars,
Ninja Music, Sony Music Group, Universal music group, Warner Music Group and others.

Members are also committed to sharing data, ideas and resources, as well as helping artists engage and speak out on climate issues.

Paul Redding, CEO of Beggars Group, said: “The Music Climate Pact shows the willingness of the entire music industry to work together on climate issues. Building on IMPALA’s plan to develop a carbon calculator, all signatories will pull in the same direction on sustainability issues. This will help our industry to reduce its carbon emissions more efficiently because we are doing the same work, in the same way, at the same time. “

The Pact hopes to grow quickly from its list of initial signatories, with hundreds of other companies around the world expected to sign by June 2022. AIM, BPI, IMPALA and other national organizations and international organizations will continue to provide support to encourage other companies to sign and respect the Pact.

In addition to its signatories, the Music Climate Pact also has a number of registered supporters – companies and organizations that help create and distribute music, and who share the same vision of a music market. cleaner, more efficient and more sustainable. Supporters agree to work with signatories in the reciprocal sharing of data, knowledge and resources to help achieve the goals of the Compact. The early supporters include IFPI, Independent global network,
Julie’s bike, Key production and Music declares the emergency.

Through these relationships, the global music industry strives to innovate, bring incredible music to mass audiences, and change culture by inspiring change.

“The music community must take a leadership position on this most pressing issue to support the work already underway by record companies to make their operations more sustainable,” said Geoff taylor, Managing Director of BPI & the BRIT Awards. “This means not only taking our own effective and coordinated industry action to respond to the climate crisis, but using the power of music to help inspire others to effect meaningful change.”

The founding signatories of the Pact undertake to:

  • Act individually and collectively to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (scopes 1, 2 and 3)

  • By February 2022, have either signed the SBTi standard letter of commitment indicating that they will commit to setting scientific goals, or have joined the Race to Zero program

  • Work together as an industry to establish carbon measurement methodologies, tools and frameworks supported by climate science

  • Work in partnership with shared suppliers and digital streaming platforms to obtain data and drive emissions reduction projects collaboratively

  • Support artists to express themselves on climate issues

  • Communicate openly with fans about the impacts of the music industry.

Peter Quicke, Ninja Tune Co-CEO, said, “Music is a powerful force for community and communication, from live broadcasts to live broadcasts, from music on social media to simply sharing your favorite music with people. friends. So we have a responsibility to ensure that the power of music is used to fight the climate crisis, that the voices of artists and labels are used to call for change. One of the key elements is for music to reduce its own footprint and engage with our upstream and downstream partners to reduce their footprint and thereby accelerate the response to the climate crisis – the Musical Climate Pact is a big one. not in this way.

For more information on the Musical Climate Pact and the full list of signatories, click on here.


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