music climate pact

Slowly but surely, the music industry’s strategy to play its part in tackling the climate emergency is coming together. That includes a big step this morning: a commitment by all three major labels and a group of independents to launch the ‘Music Climate Pact‘, which will sign companies up to various commitments to reduce their climate impact.

This is an initiative born in the UK, with label bodies AIM and the BPI, but the plan is for it to ultimately be signed by music companies across the world. Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony Music are joined by Beggars Group, BMG, Brownswood Recordings, Ninja Tune, Secretly Group and Warp among other indies in the first group of signatories.

“We believe that through collective action and a unified voice, the music industry will be best-placed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate our contribution to global climate change and ignite broader societal action on the climate crisis,” is the mission statement here. “The decisions that we make now, as an industry and as individual businesses, are vital if we are to take meaningful and timely action.”

The pact was created with the help of the UN Environment Programme, and includes some specific commitments, including to by February 2022 have either signed the SBTi Standard Commitment Letter (which sees companies set science-based targets for reducing their emissions) or joined the UN’s ‘Race to Zero’ campaign.

Companies signing the Music Climate Pact will also commit to working together on creating carbon measurement tools; to encourage shared suppliers and streaming services to reduce their own emissions; to support artists who are speaking publicly about climate issues; and to talk to fans about the music industry’s emissions and reduction measures.

With the likes of A2IM, the IFPI, WIN, Impala, Julie’s Bicycle, Music Declares Emergency, Key Production and EarthPercent backing the pact, it looks like it has genuine momentum. There is much work to do, but with 2022 a crucial year for action on this front, it’s good to see collaboration at the forefront of the music industry’s plans.

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