Ninja Tune and Beggars Group announce plans to become carbon negative

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The announcement arrives in the run up to Earth Day 2021.

Ninja Tune and Beggars Group have pledged to go carbon neutral. The two indie label groups – which house imprints like Big Dada and Technicolour, and Matador, Rough Trade, XL Recordings, and Young (formerly known as Young Turks) respectively – announced their plans yesterday (19 April). Ninja Tune also works closely with Flying Lotus‘ label Brainfeeder. 

The shared pledge to become carbon neutral businesses in the coming years was unveiled at the start of Music Declares Emergency’s Turn Up The Volume week. According to the MDE website, the week-long initiative aims to “highlight the amazing work on sustainability already taking place across UK music and marks the start of an annual week of climate action for the UK music industry.” The news also arrives in the run up to Earth Day 2021, which takes place this Thursday (22 April).

Ninja Tune and Beggars Group are founding members of IMPALA’s Sustainability Programme, which was launched this year in an effort to increase collaboration across the independent recording sector on pressing matters such as climate and sustainability-related issues. As part of their new pledge, both companies will attempt to reduce their environmental impact by encouraging pressing plants to switch over to renewable energy, while also minimising business travel and freight operations where possible. Both Ninja Tune and Beggars Group have also installed renewable energy systems in their London HQs.


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Ninja Tune aims to become carbon neutral by the end of the year, and carbon negative in the coming years. Over at Beggars Group, the company has drawn up a new climate science-based operations strategy. The company has also hired its first head of sustainability, Will Hutton. As Music Week reports, Beggars Group has pledged to reduce emissions its by 46% by 2030. It aims to make its UK-managed operations carbon negative by the end of next year, and its U.S-managed operations by 2024. 

Head to the Ninja Tune and Beggars Group websites for further information.


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