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MEC Seminar: The Music Industry and Climate Change (coinciding with COP 26)

  • 11th November 2021
  • 10.00 - 12.00

(Please note, 2 minutes of silence will be observed at 11am for Armistice Day).

As record temperatures are recorded in Europe and forest fires continue to burn, there is no escaping the climate emergency. In 2007 Julie’s Bicycle reported that the UK music market was responsible for approximately 540,000 tonnes CO2e per annum. The report went on to say that reducing this figure by 80% by 2050 would be a significant challenge. As more and more artists, venues and entertainment companies are beginning to question the touring business model, what is the music industry doing to reduce and eliminate its significant carbon footprint?

This seminar explores what steps the industry is taking to reduce the carbon footprint. We will hear from climate and sustainability experts Hope Solutions who work with artists and organisations including Coldplay, Glastonbury Festival, Kilimanjaro Live and the R&A. We will also hear from Carly McLachlan, Professor of climate and energy policy and Director of Tyndall Manchester on the Roadmap to Super Low Carbon Live Music, which was commissioned by Massive Attack & produced by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Speakers include:

Luke Howell MSI CEnv FIEMA

Luke is the founder and director at Hope Solutions. Hope Solutions are one of the UK’s leading sustainability consultants working within the creative sector and have long been at the forefront of bringing about change. From bespoke collabs with start-ups and SMEs to strategic partnerships with iconic global brands, their expert-led, ground-breaking campaigns help businesses save money, reduce their environmental impacts and protect the planet. Hope Solutions work with organisations including Coldplay, Glastonbury Festival, Kilimanjaro Live and The R&A.

Tom Kiehl

Tom is Deputy CEO & Director of Public Affairs at UK Music. UK Music is the collective voice of the UK’s world-leading music industry.

Rosa Corbishley

Rosa is Development Director at Bristol Beacon. Bristol Beacon is the first concert venue to commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Bristol Beacon is the largest concert hall in the Southwest and stages over 600 events each year.

Carly McLachlan

Carly is Professor of climate and energy policy and Director of Tyndall Manchester – an interdisciplinary team working on policy relevant research on climate change. Along with colleagues, Carly worked with Massive Attack to publish the Roadmap to Super Low Carbon Live Music, commissioned by the band & produced by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Peter Quicke

Peter Quicke is chair of independent label Ninja Tune, member of sustainability groups for UK & European indies bodies AIM & IMPALA, and co-founder of Music Declares Emergency, the working group set up last year to drive the music industry’s response to the climate emergency.

Steven Greenall

Steven is CEO of Warwick Music. Warwick Music is a leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments. Warwick Music manufacture instruments that are fully carbon neutral from production through to delivery to customers.

Georgina MacDonell Finlayson (Nevis Ensemble) and Scott Morrison (Sage Gateshead – Senior Development Manager) join us from the Scottish Classical Sustainability Group. Set up during the pandemic, the Scottish Classical Sustainability Group (SCSG) is putting the welfare of our planet in the spotlight with the launch of its first ever Scottish Classical Music Green Guide.

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This seminar is free to under 25s and MEC members (including members of Music Mark), £30 attendance fee for non-members includes annual membership.

To request your discount code as a member of Music Mark, please contact info@musicmark.org.uk.

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