By Anders Lorenzen
Abbey Road Studios, the legendary West London recording studio, has embraced renewable energy. Future recordings at the studio will be powered by electricity from renewable sources such as the sun (Shine Superman) and wind: eight days a week.
Studio owners, Universal Music UK, have signed up with acclaimed renewable energy supplier Ecotricity, and apart from supplying Abbey Road, the oldest purpose built recording studio in the world, with green energy, Universal Music UK is rolling out renewables here, there and everywhere, at their other key London locations.
Abbey Road Studios, famous for embracing four and eight-track recordings in the 60’s, produced iconic albums for The Beatles, Donovan and Pink Floyd, and is now spearheading the uptake of sustainable energy in the music industry.
“Universal is committed to sustainability, as are many of our artists, and we hope other organisations will follow our lead and take similar steps to power their operations with green energy,” Universal Music UK CEO, David Sharpe, said.
Founder and CEO of Ecotricity, Dale Vince, was obviously pleased with the announcement, stating: “powering a business with green energy is the biggest single step that any business can take to cut the emissions that cause air pollution and climate change. Simply by switching to green energy, Universal Music UK will reduce the environmental impact of their own operations – while also supporting Britain’s energy independence and the green economy.”
This latest move by Universal Music UK only adds to their green credentials, which were not bad anyway, as it follows a recent three-star certification under the Industry Green sustainability kitemark, which is awarded to creative organisations that maintain a systematic, achievable and inspiring approach to environmental sustainability.