A new group comprising representatives of the UK music industry has been set up with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of the sector.

The Music Declares Emergency (MDE) coalition of artists, producers, companies and associations will also lobby governments to increase efforts to tackle global warming and “act now to reverse biodiversity loss and reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2030”.

The environmental benefits of paperless ticketing have been underlined by some advocates for several years, but it remains to be seen whether digital ticketing technologies will be pushed by the group.

Having declared a ‘climate and ecological emergency’, MDE will also share knowledge about how to become more sustainable, with MDE’s signatories including artists such as Radiohead (pictured) and major companies such as Universal Music UK, AIM, Sony Music UK, Warner Music UK and Abbey Road Studios.

Mike Smith, the managing director of Warner Chappell Music UK, another MDE signatory, added: “It’s vital that we back this campaign. The threat from climate change is real and we all need to play our part in combating it. Music may not have the impact of some other industries, but we can still do more to reduce our own carbon footprint and use our platform to spread the message that action needs to be taken.”

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