Beggars Group and Ninja Tune have unveiled plans to transform their operations to become carbon negative.
The two companies - both stalwarts of the UK indie world - are focusing on areas that impact the environment most. They will be encouraging pressing plants to switch to renewable energy, reducing the impact of freights and reducing travel. Both Ninja Tune and Beggars have installed renewable energy systems in their London headquarters.
Ninja Tune has committed to becoming carbon neutral by the end of 2021 and carbon negative after that.
The label will measure its environmental impacts, work on reductions and offset its impact using tree planting, rainforest protection and other methods. The company removed CD jewel cases from all releases 12 years ago, has switched to 140g vinyl and uses sustainably sourced FSC card and paper in packaging. Full details here.
Comprising 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL and Young, Beggars has drawn up an operations strategy based around climate science. The company has hired its first head of sustainability, Will Hutton, who has spent the past six months working on the strategy. Beggars has enacted a policy to become a carbon negative business, pledging to reduce emissions by 46% by 2030. It has released further details in a full emissions report.