First Carbon Calculator for the Music Industry


IMPALA, the European association of independent music companies, has launched a partnership with Julie’s Bicycle to create the first bespoke carbon calculator for the independent sector. The calculator will help IMPALA members measure their carbon footprint and identify hotspots. The aim is to make members’ ambitions actionable, have an immediate impact and be fully scalable.

Over the summer, member companies and associations from across Europe came forward to support the project: !K7 Music Group, Altafonte, Because Music, Beggars Group, Cherry Red Records, City Slang, Domino Recording Company, Edel, Encoding Management Service – EMS, Epitaph Records, Everlasting Records, FONO, FUGA, HAIL, Hot Action Records, Irascible Music, Las Vegas Records, Lusitanian Music Publishing, Mouthwatering Records, N. E.W.S. Records, Ninja Tune, Partisan Records, [PIAS], Playground Music Scandinavia, PMI, Roton Music, Secretly Group, TAMBOURHINOCEROS, Two Gentlemen, Warp Records, Zebralution.

The calculator will come with a customised design and support service to facilitate carbon accounting, taking into account the analysis of direct emissions from own or controlled sources and indirect emissions, as well as relevant indirect emissions. 

The calculator is part of IMPALA’s wider sustainability plan, which encompasses a long-term programme for members, announced this April. The overall ambition is to achieve a net zero net emissions independent midstream sector by 2026, culminating in carbon positive by 2030. So far, IMPALA has published a 15-point sustainability charter, a practical guide for members and a climate statement for members. IMPALA also uses its voice to amplify other climate initiatives in the music sector, see more here.


IMPALA was established in 2000 and now represents more than 5,000 independent music companies. 99% of European music companies are small, micro and medium-sized enterprises and self-published artists. Known as the independents, they are world leaders in terms of innovation and discovery of new music and artists: they produce more than 80% of all new releases and account for 80% of jobs in the sector. IMPALA’s mission is to grow the independent music sector sustainably, return more value to artists, promote diversity and entrepreneurship, improve political access, inspire change and increase access to funding.

 About Julie’s Bicycle 

Julie’s Bicycle is a pioneering non-profit organisation that mobilises arts and culture to take action against the climate and ecological crisis. Founded by the music industry in 2007 and now working across the arts and culture, JB has partnered with over 2000 organisations in the UK and internationally. Combining cultural and environmental expertise, Julie’s Bicycle focuses on high impact programmes and policy change to tackle the climate crisis.

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