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Bring Me The Horizon Tour reduces emissions by 38 per cent

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A Greener Festival (AGF) has published the full sustainability report of Bring Me The Horizon’s Post Human Tour, which reduced emissions by 38 per cent.

The tour – the first arena tour in the UK since the pandemic – adopted a sustainable approach, including renewable fuel for trucks, plant-based meals, food waste reduction, and energy efficient equipment.

The report found:

  • 38 per cent reduction in touring production emissions
  • 27.97 tonnes of CO2e were avoided
  • 22 tonnes avoided by switching trucking fuel to HVO Renewable Diesel
  • 3,322 plastic bottles prevented from entering waste stream
  • Culture change is essential to achieve a green future for artist touring.

Raw Power Management, United Talent Agency (UTA), Kilimanjaro, and The O2 arena shared the cost of sustainability implementation advice and the tour impact audit. The band invested into recommended mitigation efforts, reducing tour emissions and associated negative impacts. The action was championed by the Tour Production Group (TPG) and AGF, which are contributors to the LIVE Beyond Zero Declaration for Net Zero emissions in the Live music and entertainment sector by 2030.

AGF joined the tour to provide advice and consultancy, to implement and report upon proposed mitigation actions producing the Greener Tour report and CO2 analysis.

The report not only provides insight for the Bring Me The Horizon touring team to monitor achievements, areas for improvement, and required emissions removals, but is also a resource for other touring productions to use as another step on the road towards A Greener Tour.

Claire O’Neill, CEO, AGF said: “During the pandemic, the touring music industry came together on the important topic of sustainability. We’re so happy with the results from walking the talk with the first UK Arena Tour off the mark. The report shows a direct link between well-being, stress, and environmental sustainability. Culture change and industry restructuring is essential to achieve a green future for artist touring. There is much still to be done, but these results are undeniable evidence that we can take huge strides to reduce emissions and protect ecosystems immediately. There’s no excuse to delay.”

Alan Day, promoter at Kilimanjaro Live, said: “Bring Me The Horizon were the first band in the UK, possibly the world, to complete a full non-rescheduled arena tour after the height of the pandemic. Their vision from the start was to produce the tour as environmentally friendly as possible, whilst still giving the audience the best spectacle achievable. From savings in plastic waste, to transport, to accommodation, to stage production and more, I am proud to have produced such a landmark tour and hopefully an example for the future”.

Steve Sayer, VP and general manager of The O2, said: “The O2 were delighted to collaborate with all the other partners on this important project to build back a more sustainable touring and live music industry. Venues are a big part of the live ecosystem and we are keen to learn how we can further reduce our footprint as we develop our plans to get to net zero; and support the tours do the same. Credit to BMTH for taking the lead on this and showing us the way.”

The stakeholder collaboration will continue beyond this first action, to ensure that all future tours not only implement these positive findings, but continue to find, implement and share solutions. The next step is to engage the audience.

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