Some of the most powerful record labels, including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Group and Warner Music Group, have signed up to a new pact that aims to tackle climate change by “decarbonising” the music industry.
The Music Climate Pact has been spearheaded by the Association of Independent Music (AIM), in conjunction with the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
The Pact has outlined a series of goals that will act as a “declaration of intent” for the industry, including committing to joining the UN’s Race to Zero programme by February next year, or joining the Science Based Targets Initiative or join the UN’s Race to Zero programme by February 2022.
Labels participating in the scheme are required to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 and secure a reduction of fifty percent by 2030.
Artists signed to the labels must also be supported when speaking out on climate issues, as well as openly speaking to fans about the impact of the industry on carbon emissions.
Paul Redding, CEO of Beggars Group (UK), which has also pledged commitment to the scheme said: “The Music Climate Pact shows the willingness of the whole music industry to work collaboratively on climate issues. Building on IMPALA’s project to develop a carbon calculator tool, all signatories will be pulling in the same direction on sustainability topics.
“This will help our industry achieve carbon reductions more efficiently as we carry out the same work, in the same way, at the same time.”
BMG, Brownswood Recordings, Ninja Tune, Secretly Group, Warp and Partisan Records have also joined the Music Climate Pact.