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Coldplay provide update on their environmentally sustainable touring efforts

By | Published on Tuesday 6 June 2023


Coldplay have provided an update on their work to reduce the environmental impact of their touring activity. As you may remember, back in 2021 the band said that they were introducing an assortment of measures with the aim of ensuring that their current Music Of The Spheres Tour produced 50% fewer carbon emissions compared to their last global outing in 2016 and 2017.

They provided an update on those efforts at the end of last week. “The emissions data from the first twelve months of the tour has now been collated, assessed and independently validated by Professor John E Fernandez of the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative”, they confirmed.

“On a show-by-show comparison, the Music Of The Spheres Tour has so far produced 47% less CO2e emissions than our last stadium tour. This is a good start – and something that our incredible crew should be very proud of – but clearly there’s still room for improvement”.

“Now that we’re into the second year of the tour, we’ve started to run the entire show – audio, lights, lasers etc – from an electric battery system that allows us to use 100% renewable energy as efficiently as possible”, they went on. “We have been using electric vehicles and alternative fuels wherever we can, as well as reducing waste and plastic usage to a minimum. Thank you to all the brilliant people and creative minds who’ve helped us so far”.

Coldplay’s fans have also been encouraged to play their part in all of this. Noting that, the band’s statement continued: “You have helped charge the show batteries on the power bikes and kinetic dance floors; travelled to shows by foot, bicycle or public transport; used the recycling bins; ride-shared; brought refillable water bottles; returned the LED wristbands after the show”.

“And just by coming”, they went on, “you have had a tree planted and helped a range of environmental organisations like The Ocean Cleanup and ClientEarth, a team of lawyers who defend the environment. Thank you all and hopefully this time next year we will have made big improvements”.

You can access a bunch more stats about Coldplay’s eco-friendly touring initiatives and suggest ways that they could make their shows even more environmentally sustainable on this webpage here.