Policy

Sustainability

Sustainability is a vital issue for the music industry. UK Music is working with our members, stakeholders and other organisations to help bring about positive changes.

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Sustainability is a vital issue for the music industry. UK Music is working with our members, stakeholders and other organisations to help bring about positive changes.

If we want to see the full benefits of what music can do for society, then the Government needs to support these initiatives.

Government Asks

Transform Public Transport For A Greener Music Experience

Transport is often the largest carbon emitter for musicians and music fans travelling to festivals, concerts, studios, or events. Limited travel options after 10pm in some cities can force musicians and fans to rely on driving. Improved public transport and introducing a musician’s railcard offering a 25% discount on train travel would incentivise eco-friendly travel for many artists and performers.

Bring The Creative Industries To The Table On Net-Zero Discussions

The music industry is leading on innovative solutions, setting ambitious goals and raising awareness of the climate emergency, with many artists speaking directly to their fans about the issue. But the creative industries are missing from important government conversations on the issue. We need to be better involved in with discussions going forward, particularly regarding legislation.

UK Music Activity 

Sustainability Policy

UK Music recognises that it has a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods, with regular review points. We will encourage customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to do the same.

Read our UK Music Sustainability Policy

See our UK Music Sustainability Monitoring Document

Member Activity 

PPL‘s is committed to integrating environmental best practice into its business activities where it is possible to do so. Read more here.

The Musicians’ Union recognises that it has a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. Read the MU’s Environmental Policy here.

AIM Climate Action Group founding member, Nigel Adams, Full Time Hobby co-founder, has created a guide to carbon off-setting. Read here.

BPI, who produce the BRIT Awards, have created initiatives to ensure the event is the greenest in history. Read here.

Organisations and Campaigns

CIC’s Creative Climate Charter outlines how the sector can use its “collective imagination, economic influence and leadership” to reduce its environmental impact and find “practical and scalable” solutions to tackling the climate crisis. Read here.

Earth Percent is a charity providing a simple way for the music industry to support the most impactful organisations addressing the climate emergency. Read more here.

Julie’s Bicycle is a pioneering not-for-profit, mobilising the arts and culture to take action on the climate and ecological crisis. Find out more here.

LIVE Green aims to collate and provide research, expertise and cross-industry innovation that is informed by the best science and supports the transition to a regenerative future. Find out more here.

Music Declares Emergency is a group of artists, music industry professionals and organisations that stand together to declare a climate and ecological emergency and call for an immediate governmental response to protect all life on Earth. Read more here.

The Music Climate Pact is a global platform, initiated by the UK’s Association of Independent Music (AIM) and record labels association the BPI, as a response to COP26 and the urgent call for collective action to combat the climate crisis. Read more here.

Vision:2025 developed the Green Events code in consultation with the industry. It is intended to provide clear and robust minimum  standards and shared targets for sustainability. Read more here.

Attitude is Everything, Julie’s Bicycle, and A Greener Future have published a toolkit on how to make disabled people’s access to live events environmentally sustainable. Read more here.