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Emissions Update

2 June 2023


When we first announced the Music Of The Spheres Tour, we hoped to make it as environmentally beneficial as possible and reduce our direct carbon emissions (from show production, freight, band and crew travel) by 50%. We’d like to share how it’s been going; some things work and some things need improving.

The emissions data from the first 12 months of the tour has now been collated, assessed and independently validated by Prof. John E. Fernandez of the
MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative.

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 (2016-17).

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. 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 .

Thankyou too, SO MUCH, to everyone who’s come to a show and made all of this possible. 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 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).

Thankyou all and hopefully this time next year we will have made big improvements. If anyone has any ideas please feel free to send them via this link.

With love

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47% reduction in direct CO2e emissions

compared to our previous tour (2016-17), on a show-by-show basis

5 million trees planted

that will be supported to maturity via One Tree Planted - one for each concert goer. 5,000 hectares of land restored across 17 countries and 21 planting projects

1 solar-powered River Interceptor deployed

in March 2021 in the Klang River, Malaysia via The Ocean Cleanup. 158 tonnes of waste and 13 tonnes of ocean-bound plastic removed since start of tour

86% average return rate

of the reusable, plant-based LED wristbands

15kWh average power per show

generated via in-venue solar installations, kinetic dance floors and power bikes - enough to power the C-stage performance each night and provide the crew with phone, laptop and tool-charging stations

95% of shows

with free water refill stations for fans

553 tCO2e saved

by purchasing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for flights

66% of all tour waste

diverted from landfill

3,770 meals + 73 kg of toiletries donated

from tour catering to the unhoused and unsheltered

Financial support to environmental organisations

including ClientEarth,The Ocean Cleanup, Climeworks, Sea Shepherd, Project Seagrass, Sustainable Food Trust, Cleaner Seas Group, Food Forest Project, Knowledge Pele, Conservation Collective and others

707,288 actions taken

by fans via Global Citizen
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Working with One Tree Planted, we have supported 21 planting projects across 17 countries from ecosystem regeneration in the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil to revegetating Marna Banggara in Australia.

Planting trees in areas that have been degraded or deforested has helped the environment by accelerating and assuring the re-establishment of healthy forests.

Here are some examples of the planting projects:

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Andes - High Andes Polylepis Forest332,000 trees planted in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru
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Indonesia - Kalimantan Water Catchment Restoration 100,000 trees planted
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Haiti - Restoring Watersheds & Reversing Poverty400,000 trees planted in the regions of Grande Colline & Bainet, Acul du Nord, Fonds-Verrettes & Bouchan Chatte & Cornillon & Savenette, Haiti
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England - Nationwide Community Planting200,000 trees planted in various sites across England, including The Northern Forest, Mercia Forest and Avon Forest
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Malawi - Reforestation & Landscape Restoration400,000 trees planted in Enyezini, Misuku, Malawi.
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Romania - Reviving the Carpathians490,000 trees planted in Nucsoara commune in Arges county, Romania.
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reduction in number of trucks

Increased energy efficiency of show production equipment

Use of palm oil free and fossil fuel free biodiesels,

for land, sea and air freight, and air travel

Renewable and kinetic energy generation

harnessing the power of fans, plus wind and solar

Show powered by new, tourable electric battery system

made from repurposed BMW i3 batteries
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MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Environmental Solutions Initiative

All our data and environmental impact assessments from both the A Head Full Of Dreams Tour (2016/2017) and the first year of the Music Of The Spheres Tour were shared with the team and leadership at the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative. They have independently validated and quality-assured the data as well as the calculation methodologies, assumptions and rationale for the tour vs tour comparison.

Prof. John E. Fernandez MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative
“Based on a detailed review of the work of Coldplay’s sustainability team in assessing and advising the band and management on the CO2e impact of touring, we fully endorse this effort as critically important, scientifically rigorous and of the highest quality.

MIT ESI 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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Our figures are based on actual emissions reductions and do not factor in any carbon offsetting or carbon credits. We note that, as yet, there is no industry standard for sustainable touring or centrally-mandated methodology for emissions reporting in this sector. This is something that we will continue to promote and try to establish. We have made all efforts to align ourselves with the principles of recognised standards such as Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and follow best practices and guidance.

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Hope Solutions and Green Nation

All of the tour’s sustainability efforts have been overseen by a Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment at Hope Solutions and Live Nation’s Green Nation team.

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Freight Impact Assessment

As the tour’s Official Logistics Partner, DHL have been instrumental in minimising emissions from freight and transportation and will continue to offer solutions to minimise logistics-related emissions: from packing efficiency, to advanced biofuels on sea and air, to electric vehicles on land. DHL’s GoGreen team supported us with our freight impact assessment, taking all the data from our freight forwarder and plugging it into the EcoTransIT freight emissions calculation tools. The methodology and assessment is consistent with leading industry guidelines including EN16258 and the Global Logistics Emission Council’s (GLEC) framework.


We have not included fan travel to and from the venue in our direct emission figures.

However, the initial data gathered by our tour app, developed in partnership with SAP, suggests a higher proportion of fans travelling by public transport and a significant reduction in indirect emissions compared to previous tours.

We are grateful to all local transport authorities who have provided free or low cost public transport to our shows.

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We’re proud that the tour is able to support the following brilliant organisations.


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