First Step: UK Music Industry Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2007
In August 2007 Julie’s Bicycle commissioned the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University, to
- estimate annual greenhouse gas emissions of the UK music industry
- identify the key constraints and opportunities for reducing emissions
- make initial recommendations for specific actions and priorities for the medium term
Researchers worked with over 100 companies across the music business supply chain - limited to UK decision control. The report, is the most extensive and rigorous research yet to examine a creative industry supply chain in the UK.
The indicative total shows that the UK music market is responsible for approximately 540,000 tonnes CO2e per annum. While this is not as intensive as many industries, it is a significant challenge to reduce CO2e emissions by 80% by 2050.
An academic journal article about First Step has also been published in Environmental Research Letters.