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Coldplay Prepares for Net-Zero Music Tour

Coldplay Prepares for Net-Zero Music Tour
15 October 2021
 

Coldplay’s 2022 tour will have a net-zero carbon footprint, working in conjunction with direct air capture specialists, Climeworks.

The British band is aiming to reduce their tour-related emissions by 50 per cent, the remaining unavoidable emissions will be removed by a portfolio of carbon removal solutions.

Coldplay has selected Climeworks’ direct air capture and storage as the only technological approach included.

Other measures include reforestation, soil restoration, rewilding, blue carbon projects, such as seagrass meadow restoration, sustainable aviation fuels and Climeworks’ direct air capture and storage solution.

 

"We’ve spent the last two years consulting with environmental experts to make this tour as sustainable as possible, and, just as importantly, to harness the tour’s potential to push things forward. We won’t get everything right, but we’re committed to doing everything we can and sharing what we learn. It’s a work in progress and we’re really grateful for the help we’ve had so far."

– Coldplay Statement

 

In 2019, the band publicly raised their concerns over the environmental impact of their concerts, telling BBC News that “We're taking time over the next year or two, to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial."

In an official statement, Coldplay said that as well as their carbon goals, as part of their pledge the tour will fund the planting – and lifelong protection of – millions of new trees, including one tree for every tour ticket sold.

The band’s first date will be on 18 March 2022 in San Jose, California.

The band commented: “Playing live and finding connection with people is ultimately why we exist as a band. We’ve been planning this tour for years, and we’re super excited to play songs from across our whole time together. At the same time, we’re very conscious that the planet is facing a climate crisis.

“So we’ve spent the last two years consulting with environmental experts to make this tour as sustainable as possible, and, just as importantly, to harness the tour’s potential to push things forward. We won’t get everything right, but we’re committed to doing everything we can and sharing what we learn. It’s a work in progress and we’re really grateful for the help we’ve had so far."

 

About Orca - Direct Air Capture

 

Leading scientific studies indicate that by mid-century 10 billion tons of CO2 will need to be removed from the air every year to keep global warming in line of the limits of the Paris Agreement.

Climeworks’ direct air capture and storage is a scalable solution that can remove CO2 from the air in a permanent and measurable way. Orca, Climeworks’ largest direct air capture and storage plant began operations at the start of September 2021.

 

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Picture: a photograph of the Climeworks air capture plant

 

The plant has the capacity to capture 4,000 tons of CO2 per year, which will be removed from the air safely and stored permanently through the Carbfix natural mineralization process.

Picture: a photograph from a Coldplay concert, showing the stage and the crowd

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 15 October 2021

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