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Coldplay, MIT and Live Nation to author report on carbon footprint of live music

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Environmental Solutions Initiative (MIT ESI) will conduct a comprehensive study of the live music industry’s carbon footprint, co-funded and supported by Warner Music Group (WMG), Live Nation and Coldplay. The report will suggest practical solutions to reduce the environmental impact of live music events at every level, from pubs and clubs to stadiums.

The study will kick off with an initial research phase, resulting in an Assessment Report of Live Music and Climate Change, focused on the UK and US markets which is anticipated to be completed in July 2024.

This report aims to:

  • develop a comprehensive assessment of the relationship between live music and climate change.
  • identify key areas where the industry and concertgoers can make tangible improvements to reduce emissions and drive planet-positive outcomes
  • provide a detailed analysis of the latest developments in green technology and sustainable practices

MIT Professor John E. Fernandez, director of the ESI, said: “I’m delighted to receive support from our funders to co-create recommendations for a sustainable future in music. As well as jointly funding the research, I applaud the spirit of openness and collaboration that will allow us to identify specific challenges in areas such as live event production, freight and audience travel, and recommend solutions that can be implemented across the entire industry to address climate change.”

Coldplay, who launched their current Music Of The Spheres world tour with a pledge to cut emissions by 50 per cent, have also made a world-first commitment to manufacture all physical records for their upcoming 2024 album from recycled plastic bottles.

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