Ahead of Earth Day this week, indie labels Beggars Group and Ninja Tune have announced plans to become carbon neutral companies by the end of 2021.
Both labels are switching to renewable energy in their London offices while encouraging pressing plants to do the same and minimising travel.
Ninja Tune stopped using plastic jewel cases for its CDs twelve years ago, while more recently switching to more eco-friendly 140g vinyl, and now aims to become carbon neutral by reducing emissions and carbon offsetting. Co-CEO Peter Quicke said: “The climate crisis is already affecting millions of people, governments need to act now. Ninja Tune’s net-zero commitment reflects an active drive towards sustainability, but it’s also a call for widespread change”.
CEO of Beggars Group (which encompasses 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL Recordings and Young labels), Paul Redding said: “Music has the power to help catalyse societal action on the climate crisis, so it’s vital that businesses like ours do all we can to help protect the environment. We can’t do it alone. We’re just one small part of a broader community made up of artists, music associations and suppliers, and it’s essential that we work in a coordinated way to address sustainability issues together as an industry”.
Music Declares Emergency’s Turn Up The Volume campaign launches today with plans for various events across the week before Earth Day on Thursday April 22nd.