IMPALA has a sustainability task force with Horst Weidenmüller, CEO of !K7 as its chair and Alison Tickell Founder and CEO of Julie’s Bicycle as adviser and a range of members from across Europe including sector specialists Will Hutton, Head of Sustainability at Beggars Group and Peter Quicke, Co-CEO of Ninja Tune. With the help of IMPALA’s task force, the organisation has a full sustainability programme, see more here below. 

During the week of Earth Day 2021, IMPALA released a special 20MinutesWith podcast on April 22nd with Horst Weidenmüller and Alison Tickell on IMPALA’s recent announcement, including its carbon targets, climate charter and more. IMPALA also published guidance for members on April 23rd, with practical and effective solutions for members to make their businesses more sustainable. 

We also published a 20MinutesWith podcast with Maddy Read Clarke and Fay Milton from Music Declares Emergency. Find it here

IMPALA’s sustainability programme was published on 8th April 2021. IMPALA’s plan includes carbon goals for 2026 (net zero) and 2030 (net positive), along with a climate chartertips for members and more. These are the first music sector carbon targets and is also the first initiative that includes the supply chain (eg in point 10 of our streaming recommendations we ask online services to work with us to assess and reduce the carbon footprint of digital music). The programme is voluntary for members – the targets are sector level.  
One of IMPALA’s aims is to produce the first carbon calculator for recorded music to help labels assess the impact of their own business and their supply chain, and we look to the sector to join us in this endeavour. The calculator is currently being developed together with Julie’s Bicycle.


IMPALA’s work also focuses on supporting sector initiatives like Music Declares Emergency and promoting its work. Music Declares Emergency (MDE) received IMPALA’s outstanding contribution award at the end of 2019. We also signed MDE’s declaration committing to share expertise, speak up and work towards making our business ecologically sustainable and regenerative. 


With MDE and Julie’s Bicycle, IMPALA met EC Vice President responsible for climate action, Frans Timmermans as well as Mariya Gabriel, the commissioner responsible for culture, youth, research and innovation.

IMPALA also supports the UN’s sustainable development goals, known as SDGs. We are a partner to the Guide to Music and the SDGs covering each of the 17 Global Goals, published by the Center for Music Ecosystems. The guide offers examples and guidance, as well as suggesting a new framework building on the role music can play in achieving sustainable development goals.

IMPALA’s sustainability task force consists of: Horst Weidenmüller, CEO of !K7 as its chair and Alison Tickell Founder and CEO of Julie’s Bicycle as adviser, Will Hutton, Head of Sustainability at Beggars Group, Peter Quicke, Co-CEO of Ninja Tune, IMPALA’s treasurer Geert de Blaere from News and Belgian association BIMA, Danko Stefanović from Balkans association RUNDA, Paul Pacifico and Jude McArdle from UK association AIM, Sonia Durán from Spanish association UFI and Zsolt Jeges from Hungarian association HAIL, Julia Voelkel from Optimal and additional input from Jacob Bilabel from German THEMA1.

See here for IMPALA’s climate charter.
See here for IMPALA’s practical guidance for members. 
See here for IMPALA’s voluntary declaration for members.
See here for IMPALA’s actions to reduce our own carbon footprint.
Sign the MDE declaration here.
See MDE’s tips for labels to improve their carbon footprint.
See Julie’s Bicycle’s template for businesses to develop their own climate policy. 

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