Sustainability Programme

IMPALA’s sustainability programme was published on 8th April 2021. The programme sets an overall goal for the European independent music sector, with voluntary targets and voluntary tools, see more below. 

During the week of Earth Day 2021, IMPALA released a special 20MinutesWith podcast on April 22nd with Horst Weidenmüller and Alison Tickell on IMPALA’s recent announcement, including its carbon targets, climate charter and more. IMPALA also published guidance for members on April 23rd, with practical and effective solutions for members to make their businesses more sustainable.
 
These events coincided with Music Declares Emergency’s #turnupthevolume week highlighting the work on sustainability taking place across the music sector. Find out more about Music Declares Emergency here.

  • The overall ambition is to aim for a climate positive IMPALA membership by 2030 with an interim net zero target for 2026 (voluntary, also recognising every company and country is different).
  • IMPALA’s work is defined by its IMPALA climate charter, see below and also available here in long form and implemented by the IMPALA sustainability task force
  • IMPALA will make voluntary tools available to members:
    • Voluntary guidance on reducing carbon, other sustainability tips.
    • Climate declaration (voluntary) for individual companies who want to make a commitment, with target, commitments etc.
    • We develop other tools like a carbon calculator specific to the recorded music sector, subject to further development work being carried out by IMPALA’s task force.
  • Possible options (voluntary) for collective investment solutions to offsetting, regeneration will also be reviewed the by task force.
IMPALA’s climate charter in short form and infographic is below.
To read more about IMPALA task force and IMPALA’s other sustainability work, click here

IMPALA’s Climate charter

IMPALA commits to:

1.    Hold framework for European independent music sector targets

2.    Convene and administer a Sustainability Task Force

3.    Appoint a climate advocate for IMPALA’s board and each committee

4.    Develop carbon reporting tool for members, disclose aggregate statistics

5.    Transparently monitor and report own climate impacts

6.    Map and share examples of best practices across Europe

7.    Make climate literacy training available twice a year

8.    Produce guidance for members with practical tips

9.    Recognise no one size fits all, each company & country is different

10.    Engage with suppliers to promote change across the supply chain

11.    Work with digital music services to assess & reduce carbon footprint 

12.    Explore possible collective offsetting solutions for the sector

13.    Support initiatives using music & culture to mobilise climate action

14.    Inform members about EU funding for climate projects, help them apply

15.    Speak out where we support specific issues and use our voice in Brussels

To see this charter in long form, click here

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