The electricity used by studios in the UK produces approximately 10,000 tonnes of CO equivalent per year, and we can all agree that’s producing a lot of mediocre music, too. Solar-powered studios and digital recording technology will help reduce the emissions, but the mediocre music is another problem altogether.
There’s the physical CD, the jewel case, the booklet which rarely ever gets read, the cellophane wrapper, the highly adhesive store-attached RFID sticker – all in all, CD packaging results in a fair degree of waste. That is not to even consider the amount of excess stock that gets produced every year, as all those unloved and unlovable albums get first remaindered and ultimately dumped in landfill.
Apple is already the largest music retailer in the US, and is the most powerful by most estimates, so the online future of music is already here. But if, as alleged, doing a Google search is the equivalent of boiling a kettle (and that’s a big if – calculating the carbon footprint of
“If we want something like Glastonbury, that’s the price one has to pay” – Michael Eavis