Massive Attack announce study into zero-carbon concerts and tours

Massive Attack are collaborating with scientists at Tyndall Centre Manchester to create zero-emission concerts and tours. The English musical group, who have also been working with climate activist collective Extinction Rebellion, approached the Centre to try and find a way to minimise the carbon footprint created by live music.

“Today we’re announcing the commissioning of the renowned Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research to map the full carbon footprint of typical tour cycles, and to look specifically at the three key areas where CO2 emissions in our sector are generated: band travel and production, audience transport and venue,” founding member of Massive Attack Robert del Naja said. 

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Massive Attack are spearheading a study into the possibility of zero-emissions touring, in partnership with scientists at Tyndall Centre Manchester.

“The resulting roadmap to decarbonisation will be shared with other touring acts, promoters and festival/venue owners to assist swift and significant emissions reductions.”

The announcement comes a week after Coldplay stated that they would stop touring until their concerts and tours become “environmentally beneficial.” The British band have just released their latest album, Everyday Life.

According to Tyndall Centre, live concerts create 405,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year. Of that figure, 34 percent comes from the venues and 33 percent from audiences traveling to and from the venue. The Centre also states that band travel, merchandise, promotions, and accommodation contribute to emissions, too.

They will be looking at carbon emission data collected from Massive Attack’s touring schedule and collate it to form industry-wide recommendations.