In a statement, Coldplay said, “This is a good start—and something that our incredible crew should be very proud of—but clearly there’s still room for improvement.” They thanked fans for engaging with their initiatives, which include using “power bikes and kinetic dance floors” to charge the electric batteries. They tried to address the question of transport audience—the greatest source of emissions in the touring industry—by recommending lower-emission options through a dedicated app.
The 47 percent reduction is calculated on a show-by-show basis versus their 2016-17 stadium tour. (Coldplay declined to tour behind their 2019 album, Everyday Lifeciting ecological concerns.) When the Music of the Spheres World Tour was announced, the band said in a press release that 10 percent of all tour earnings would enter a fund for “environmental and socially conscious causes.”
Fernandez, the MIT professor, said in today’s announcement that the institute’s Environmental Solutions Initiative “endorses this work as an important and substantive step toward a new era of eventually achieving carbon neutral music events by major artists. The band deserves significant praise in commissioning the work and acting as the vanguard for the global music industry as it begins to take seriously the reality of living and making music in the Anthropocene.”
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