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On the New Music Industry Climate Collective 

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As of Wednesday, November 29th, the Sony, Warner and Universal Music groups announced the creation of the Music Industry Climate Collective. This is an alliance that will work to address any challenges and changes with global climate change that relate to the music industry. This announcement was made ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which started the day after.

The Music Industry Climate Collective

The collective’s first initiative, according to Billboard, will include guiding on greenhouse gas emissions. “The MICC’s first initiative will be offering comprehensive sectoral guidance for measuring scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions, defined as ’emissions that are not produced by the company itself and are not the result of activities from assets owned or controlled by them, but by those that it’s indirectly responsible for up and down its value chain.’”

The music industry, in theory, has created a vast amount of greenhouse gas emissions in scope three. Because of this, people have made constant calls for change. This new step will provide for a wider industry output through an advisory council. As such, the council is going to have independent record labels, value chain partners and climate experts. It will be further developed through an inclusive, multistakeholder process.

The biggest company that will advise this collective is the American Association of Independent Music. They will assist with ideas on how best to include small-to-medium-sized businesses in the initiative. Furthermore, as per Billboard, the MICC’s founding members discussed their thoughts on the collective.

“We are proud to collaborate to amplify environmental stewardship and offer practical recommendations and strategies tailored to the unique needs of music companies, regardless of their size or scale of operations. Together, we must continue to make progress on this vital priority,” the statement continues. “We welcome all to join us in reducing our industry’s carbon footprint by working together to ensure an environmentally responsible future for music and our planet.”

Many are hoping this new step works for the industry. So, it will be interesting to see if it truly helps climate change. This sentiment is true, especially with 2023 being the hottest year on record.

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