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03 June 2024

Coldplay Share Update On Tour Sustainability Initiatives

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Coldplay have updated fans on the sustainability initiatives they’ve put into practice during their Music Of The Spheres world tour.

“When we first announced the ‘Music Of The Spheres Tour’ in 2021, we pledged to reduce our direct carbon emissions (from show production, freight, band and crew travel) by at least 50 per cent,” the band wrote in a new statement. “We’re happy to report that direct CO2e emissions from the first two years of this tour are 59 per cent less than our previous stadium tour (2016-17), on a show-by-show comparison. These figures have been verified by the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative.

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“We’d like to say a huge thank you to our incredible touring family and to all the brilliant people who’ve made this possible. Most of all, we’d like to thank everyone who’s come to a show and helped charge the show batteries on the power bikes and kinetic dance floors; everyone who’s arrived by foot, bike, ride share or public transport; everyone who’s come with refillable water bottles or returned their LED wristband for recycling; and everyone who’s bought a ticket, which means you’ve already planted one of 7 million trees so far,” they added.

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“As a band, and as an industry, we’re a long way from where we need to be on this. But we’re grateful for everyone’s help so far, and we salute everyone who’s making efforts to push things in the right direction.”

Professor John E Fernandez of MIT’s (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Environmental Solutions Initiative praised the band for “again setting a new standard for the entire music industry.”

“For some time now, Coldplay has been leading by example in taking seriously and acting on the various interrelated environmental and social challenges facing humanity; climate change, biodiversity loss, air and water pollution, environmental injustice and more,” Fernandez added.

“With each subsequent year of their tour, they demonstrate an evolving vision and expanded commitment to move the entire music industry toward true and humane sustainability and planetary resilience. From collecting unprecedented amounts of data to taking specific actions today based on rigorous analysis, Coldplay is modelling a trajectory toward a low carbon, biodiverse and equitable future.”

Coldplay will headline Glastonbury at the end of the month. The band will make their first Pyramid Stage appearance since 2016 on the Saturday night, with the only European festival appearance of their record-breaking current world tour, in the process beating their previous joint headliner record (with The Cure) and becoming the first act to headline Glastonbury five times.

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