IMPALA Carbon Calculator

What is the IMPALA Carbon Calculator?

The IMPALA Carbon Calculator is the first bespoke carbon calculator and environmental impact measurement tool for the independent recorded music sector, built with the support of the IMPALA membership and powered by the Julie’s Bicycle Creative Climate Tools platform. The calculator helps IMPALA’s members measure their carbon footprint and identify hotspots to make members’ ambitions actionable, impactful, and scalable. It also helps collect information on how the independent music sector in Europe is taking environmental action Beyond Carbon. The platform is a part of IMPALA’s Sustainability Programme and supports members to meet their commitments under the Music Climate Pact.

How does it work?

The IMPALA Carbon Calculator can be used to measure the following impacts across your business:

  • Office(s): Energy use, Water, Waste
  • Staff commuting
  • Business travel
  • Manufacturing of key product categories
  • Distribution
  • Key areas of purchased goods (e.g. IT and studio equipment)
  • Environmental actions under ‘Beyond Carbon’

The Tools’ methodology is based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporation Standard (GHG Protocol), the most widely used framework defining reporting principles for auditing the GHG emissions of a company.

The calculator comes with a customised layout and a helpdesk to facilitate carbon accounting, taking into account the analysis of direct emissions from owned or controlled sources and indirect emissions, as well as relevant indirect emissions.

Are you a member of IMPALA? Sign up for free and start tracking your footprint today and join almost 70 IMPALA members who are already tracking their impact. 

IMPALA is now calling on all interested members to join the #WeMeasureTogether campaign and use the calculator to produce carbon reports. This will allow IMPALA to create an overview of the sector and develop a carbon baseline. From this understanding it will be possible to develop more targeted pathways for action that will benefit the whole independent music sector. IMPALA members can join the campaign by publishing the visual below and their carbon report, with the #WeMeasureTogether hashtag.

Trailblazers in the sector

In this section, we are featuring the member companies that are leading the way with their sustainability actions. Learn more about them, get inspired and let us know if you want your company to be featured here, all you need to do is fill out the form below!

Useful materials to get you started

About IMPALA’s sustainability programme

The calculator is part of IMPALA’s larger sustainability scheme which encompasses a long-term programme for members, announced in April 2021. The overall ambition is to halve greenhouse gas emissions before 2030 and achieve net zero emissions before 2050, (or sooner if feasible), and measure and disclose greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis. By 2026, we hope that a majority of our members will have adopted our Climate Declaration for Individual Companies. So far IMPALA has released a sustainability charter in 15 points, practical guidance for members and a climate declaration for members. IMPALA also uses its voice to amplify other climate initiatives from the music sector, see more here.

Do you want to learn more about sustainability?

Start here and here.

For all questions about IMPALA’s sustainability programme reach out to

IMPALA – Independent Music Companies Association

Rue des Deux Eglises 37-39, 1000, Brussels, BELGIUM

+32 2 503 31 38