Abbey Road Studios goes clean for green

Abbey Road and Universal Studios UK have gone green.

A partnership with a green energy company signals a sustainable and eco-friendly future for the iconic recording studios.

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The Beatles recorded their synonymous Abbey Road album within the walls, along with the song ‘Here Comes The Sun‘. Ironically, the sun will be a huge factor in keeping the studio in power now that the companies have made the jump to clean energy.

According to music publication Billboard:

‘The world famous studio is one of four Universal Music facilities that will be powered by Ecotricity, including its Kensington High Street U.K. head office. Abbey Road was acquired by Universal in 2012 as part of its $1.9 billion EMI deal and has recently undergone significant expansion, building three new recording spaces and launching a number of tech and brand partnerships, including a Google VR tour and the launch of the Abbey Road Institute, providing training in audio engineering and music production.’

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David Sharpe, Universal Music U.K. COO said that “Universal is committed to sustainability, as are many of our artists, and we hope other organizations will follow our lead and take similar steps to power their operations with green energy.

Billboard Business continued to report:

‘Ecotricity was founded in 1995 as the world’s first green energy company and now supplies almost 200,000 customers across Britain with electricity generated by wind and solar power.

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,” said Ecotricity founder Dale Vince. He added that by switching to green energy, “Universal Music U.K. will reduce the environmental impact of their own operations, while also supporting Britain’s energy independence and the green economy.”

The record company’s conversion to green energy comes in the same week that Apple announced it had struck a deal to buy power from a proposed 200-megawatt solar farm in Nevada to supply its data center in Reno. The tech giant has long been committed to minimizing its carbon footprint, with 93 percent of its offices, retail stores, and data centers around the world run on renewable energy. In 23 countries, including the United States, U.K., China, and Australia, the California-based company’s energy use is 100 percent green, according to the Apple website.

Facebook and Google have also made sustainability a key part of their business. In 2015, 35 percent of all power used by Facebook came from clean and renewable energy (CaRE) sources, with the company committed to reaching 50 percent by 2015. Google has been carbon neutral since 2007 amd says it will reach 100 percent renewable energy for its global operations and 60,000 staff this year.”

Take an Interactive Tour of Abbey Road Studios, courtesy of Rolling Stone.

Colin J McCracken
Colin J McCracken

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Colin J McCracken is an Irish editor and writer of both fiction and journalism. Coming from a background in education and film, his passions are split between the environmental and the entertaining. Constantly striving for a more sustainable existence and trying to balance it while simultaneously buying too many books.