We pledge to make our Music Of The Spheres Tour as sustainable and low-carbon as possible, guided by three key principles:
Reduce our consumption, recycle extensively and cut our CO2 emissions by 50%.
Support new green technologies and develop new sustainable, super-low carbon touring methods.
Make the tour as environmentally beneficial as possible by funding a portfolio of nature- and technology-based projects and by drawing down significantly more CO2 than the tour produces.
We pledge to cut the tour’s direct emissions by more than 50% compared to our previous tour (2016-17), and work with our partners and suppliers to reduce their impacts and emissions as much as possible.
We’ve teamed up with DHL as the tour’s Official Logistics Partner in order to minimise emissions from freight and transportation. As leaders in the field of sustainable transport and logistics, DHL will support the tour by offering solutions to minimise logistics-related emissions and other environmental impacts, from advanced biofuels in the air to electric vehicles on land.
We pledge to drawdown any unavoidable emissions according to the Oxford Principles for Net-Zero Aligned carbon offsetting.
We will continue to capture climate impact data and calculate our environmental footprint using recognised standards and appropriate conversion factors.
We will adapt all tour operations to minimise emissions, in line with the best science and practices: from
set build to travel to freight to power.
We will avoid fossil fuels, use clean energy and use reusable and sustainable biomaterials wherever possible.
Despite our best efforts, the tour will still have a significant carbon footprint. We pledge to drawdown more CO2 than the tour produces supporting projects based on reforestation, rewilding, conservation, soil regeneration, carbon capture & storage and renewable energy.
As part of this pledge, the tour will fund the planting – and lifelong protection of – millions of new trees including one tree for every ticket sold.
We will power our stage production almost entirely with renewable, super-low emission energy. We will avoid fossil fuels wherever possible.
Although the tour has been carefully routed and pre-planned to minimise air travel, some flying is unavoidable. The band will mostly fly on commercial flights, but there will inevitably be occasions when charter flights are required for band, crew and equipment.
For all flights, commercial and charter, we will pay a surcharge to use or supply Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), either for our own use or for others’. Our partner Neste will supply us with Sustainable Aviation Fuel produced 100% from waste and residues, such as used cooking oil from restaurants. When used unblended with fossil jet fuel, SAF helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions of air travel by up to 80% over the entire life cycle compared to the conventional fossil jet fuel that it replaces.
Wherever possible, we will use electric vehicles or biofuel for ground freight and transportation.
We will send a sustainability rider to all venues and stadiums in advance to request best environmental practices.
In various locations, in order to minimise freight emissions, we will adapt the show so we can utilise local equipment, materials and resources.
We will select building materials and show effects based on their environmental credentials:
The stage will be built from a combination of lightweight, low-carbon and re-usable materials including recycled steel, that can be appropriately reused or recycled at the end of the tour.
The LED wristbands worn by the audience as part of the show will be made from 100% compostable, plant-based materials.
We will reduce wristband production by 80% – by collecting, sterilising and recharging them after every show.
The electronic components will be repurposed for wristbands to be used in future tours.
LIGHTING & AUDIO
The show will upgrade to ultra-efficient equipment such as a low-energy LED screens laser and lighting system and a PA system with up to 50% less power consumption compared to the previous tour, which will also dramatically reduce environmental noise outside the venues.
Confetti used during the show will be 100% biodegradable and will require considerably less compressed gas for ignition than on previous tours.
We are using a new generation of sustainable pyrotechnics that have less explosive charge and new
formulas that greatly reduce or eliminate harmful chemicals. All tubing and holders are either biodegradable or recyclable.
Audience travel makes up a major part of any tour’s carbon emissions.
We have partnered with SAP on the development of a free tour app that encourages fans to use low carbon transport to and from shows. Download the free app here!
Fans who commit to low-carbon travel will be given a discount code.
Based on fans’ use of the app , we will calculate the total carbon footprint of travel to and from shows. We pledge to drawdown all of these emissions via nature-based solutions like rewilding and conservation. As part of this, we will plant at least one new tree per ticket sold, sustained for its lifetime.
The tour will include onsite activations, powered by solar and kinetic energy. These activations will feature interactive and educational experiences highlighting innovations in clean technology and the natural world.
We will maximise our water efficiency.
Our sustainability rider will ask venues to introduce aerated taps, low flushing toilets and reducing water pressure to alleviate water wastage.
Water refill stations for the fans will be provided wherever possible.
Fans are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles in every venue where it’s possible.
Our friends at Miir have also created custom-designed water bottles for the tour, as part of our efforts to avoid single-use plastics. Miir will also be donating to ClientEarth, The Ocean Cleanup North Pacific Foundation and One Tree Planted. Look out for the bottles at shows and at the official Coldplay Store.
We will minimise waste and promote recycling at our shows.
Working with venues, we will strive to eliminate the sale of single-use plastic water bottles. They will be replaced with reusable and recyclable alternatives like Ball aluminium cups.
We will work with each venue to help and encourage them to establish recycling programs within the stadium where not already in place.
The tour will also help to clean up waste beyond the concerts themselves by sponsoring the two-tiered work of The Ocean Cleanup:
River Interceptors remove thousands of tonnes of garbage from some of the most polluting rivers around the world, intercepting waste before it reaches the ocean.
Ocean Cleanup units are working in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to clear 90% of floating ocean plastic by 2040.
The carbon emissions of food can account for up to 20% of a person’s carbon footprint. Food production, transportation and waste is a massive contributor to climate change and we will address this within our crew catering operation.
All our crew catering menus will have plant-based and meat-free options as standard.
Organic produce will be sourced from local suppliers or farms that practice regenerative agriculture techniques.
We are supporting the development of synthetic, lab-grown cultured foods.
We will partner with local food banks to donate any surplus food.
Organic waste, such as vegetable peelings and scraps, will be composted wherever possible.
All merch will be sustainably and ethically sourced. Where possible, all plastics and polyesters will be replaced with natural alternatives like organic cotton.
Wherever possible, all merchandise will be made of natural fibres and recycled / recyclable elements.
Partners and vendors have been carefully selected to provide high quality & sustainable merchandise.
All products will be sourced with vendors who prove ethical work practices including fair wages and good working conditions.
Wherever possible, all merchandise will be packaged in recycled paper, card or compostable bags.
We will also encourage venues to mirror these standards in their food concessions.
As we have always done, we will put 10% of everything we earn (touring, records, publishing etc) into a good causes fund. These funds will be split between environmental and socially-conscious projects and charities including ClientEarth, The Ocean Cleanup and One Tree Planted. We are working in partnership with EarthPercent as a founding donor.
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We acknowledge that, despite our best efforts, the tour will still have a significant carbon footprint. We pledge to drawdown significantly more emissions than the tour produces by supporting various nature projects around the world, focusing on reforestation, rewilding, conservation and soil regeneration.
The tour will fund the planting - and lifelong protection of - millions of new trees, including one tree for every ticket sold.
The initial projects - selected for biodiversity and long-term quality - are below, with future projects in South East Asia, Africa and Australia still to be announced.
One Tree Planted