In an industry lauded initiative, Warner Music Group has announced that they are making the necessary moves to focus on environmental sustainability for its operations.
According to the music powerhouse’s 2023 ESG report, which was unveiled on January 30, the newfound data showcases the label’s commitment to transforming its business for sustainability. The report outlines plans to reduce environmental impact, set science-based emission reduction targets, and foster industry collaboration. WMG aims to source 100% renewable energy for its operations globally by 2030, beginning with its global offices, and will then begin to roll out such changes for WMG-owned and operated facilities worldwide.
The company, along with Sony Music and Universal Music, formed the Music Industry Climate Collective last 2023, focusing on sector-specific guidelines for Scope 3 GHG emissions. WMG has already collaborated with MIT, Live Nation, Coldplay, and Hope Solutions to address environmental impact in live events, as exemplified with Coldplay’s ongoing Music of the Spheres World Tour, which featured several initiatives that focused on renewable energy powered by audience participation.
Notably, the report also highlights successful initiatives such as reducing single-use plastic in the label’s U.K. office, and introducing sustainable vinyl alternatives in partnership with artists as part of their “industry first” initiative. Independently reviewed environmental impact data for the company in the year of 2023 has also revealed that overall emissions reduction despite the return to office.
To read the full report here from Warner Music Group, click here.