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Beggars Group and Ninja Tune to become carbon neutral in 2021

By | Published on Monday 19 April 2021

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Ahead of this year’s Earth Day – and at the start of the Turn Up The Volume week from Music Declares Emergency – Beggars Group and Ninja Tune have announced plans to become carbon neutral companies by the end of 2021.

Both record labels say that they are focussing their efforts to reduce carbon emissions on areas of their businesses where they can have the greatest environmental impacts. This includes switching to renewable energy systems in their London offices and encouraging pressing plants to do the same, reducing the impact of freight operations, and minimising business travel.

Beggars Group – comprising the 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL Recordings and Young labels – has been working towards its carbon neutral target for the last six months, led by its first Head Of Sustainability, Will Hutton. “We’ve worked hard to make sure the pathway we have established is science-based and built on rigorous analysis of available data”, he says. The company also plans to reduce its total emissions by 46% by 2030.

Ninja Tune is building on efforts to improve its environmental credentials over many years – including ceasing to use plastic jewel cases for CDs twelve years ago, and more recently switching to 140g vinyl. It now aims to become carbon neutral by the end of this year, through a mixture of reducing its emissions and carbon offsetting. It will also continue its support of environmental groups Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion and The Rainforest Trust.

“The climate crisis is already affecting millions of people, governments need to act now”, says Ninja Tune Chair Peter Quicke. “Ninja Tune’s net-zero commitment reflects an active drive towards sustainability, but it’s also a call for widespread change”.

Beggars Group CEO Paul Redding adds: “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”.

Both companies are also signees of IMPALA’s climate charter, which was launched in March with the ambition to have a fully climate positive membership by 2030.

Music Declares Emergency’s Turn Up The Volume campaign begins today with plans for various events across the week. This all coincides with Earth Day, which takes place on 22 Apr.