Music industry unites to commit to net zero emissions by 2050 | Music

A number of the world’s biggest record labels have come together to pledge to act on their environmental impact.

The big three labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group – as well as independent label groups such as the Beggars and Secretly label groups, Warp, Ninja Tune and more, have signed the Music Climate Pact which will see them commit to “an achievable climate.” targets ”.

Companies will subscribe to one of two existing programs, Science Based Targets or SME Climate Commitment, the latest part of the UN’s Race to Zero initiative. Both programs require signatories to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 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, helping their artists speak out on climate issues and communicating with fans of the artists on the market. impact of the music industry on the environment. . They will aim to work with streaming companies such as Spotify “to collect data and drive emissions reduction projects collaboratively.”

Paul Redding, managing director of Beggars Group (which includes 4AD, XL, Rough Trade and others), said the signatories would “pull in the same direction on sustainability topics” to “do the same job, in the same way, at the same time “.

The industry is grappling with issues such as the impact of world tours, vinyl making, and the energy used to power streaming.

In October, Coldplay became one of the hottest bands to commit to emissions cuts, promising a 50% cut for their next world tour from the previous one.

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