In 2018, the UN gave a dire warning to the governments of the world - we have only 12 years (now 11 years) to take urgent action to prevent a climate change catastrophe.
As a business, we believe we have a responsibility to take this warning seriously and to act in a way that drastically reduces our impact on the environment. This sustainability commitment page outlines what we’re doing to actively ensure Encore’s business practices are sustainable and also suggests ways in which our members could do the same.
In August 2019, we joined hundreds of influential businesses in the music industry in declaring a climate emergency. We would encourage all other music businesses and musicians to do the same here.
However, acknowledging the severity of the situation is only the first step. We’ve now taken this further and analysed our company operations to work out how we can reduce, and eventually neutralise, our carbon footprint.
Here are the main ways we’re reducing our carbon footprint:
Protecting our environment from the devastation predicted by the UN’s scientists is a responsibility we musicians must all share. After all, if we’re facing food shortages, droughts and floods, booking and performing live music is probably going to be low on the agenda.
One of the brilliant things about live music is that it has no carbon footprint (or a very small carbon footprint when amplified). However, the life of a freelancer can mean a lot of carbon-intensive travel. We’ve suggested a few simple steps which our musicians can take in their own lives to reduce their impact on the environment:
A few very effective ways to reduce your carbon footprints more generally are: