(AFP) – Biodegradable confetti, eco-friendly cups and less goodies: the British group Coldplay announced on Thursday a new world tour in 2022, the “most durable possible” and almost fully powered thanks to solar panels, a durable portable battery and a kinetic floor.
“Play live and be connected to people is the reason the group exists, “but” at the same time, we are very much aware that the planet is facing a climate crisis, “Coldplay said on Twitter.
The members of the rock group have “therefore spent the last two years consulting environmental experts in order to make this tour as sustainable as possible”, but “above all, to exploit the potential of the tour to advance things “, they added.
For this new tour, celebrating their latest album” Music of The Spheres “which comes out on Friday, the band will be using” la to ute first rechargeable and removable show battery in the world “, instead of the usual diesel or gasoline generators.
Fans will also be able to generate electricity for the concert thanks to a kinetic floor and electric bicycles, and solar panels will be installed.
Coldplay hopes to power its concerts “almost entirely with renewable energy” and “to reduce (its) carbon footprint. “, promising on their site to reduce their CO2 emissions by 50% compared to their tour of 2016-2017.
In 2019, singer Chris Martin, had announced that the group would not be touring the world to promote their previous album, “Everyday Life”, and that they would not tour again until they found a way to make their concerts more respectful of the environment.
Among the main problems identified: flights to concerts and use of products like plastic water bottles.
For their new tour, fans will be encouraged to bring their own bottle or use reusable eco-cups, and those who have traveled with low carbon emissions will receive “a reduction code to be used at the venue.”
The group has also committed to using only confetti biodegradable, as well as to reduce by 50% its production of luminous bracelets – now 80% compostable- worn by the public, sterilizing and reusing between shows.
“We won’t get it all right, but we are committed to doing all we can and share what we learn, “promised Coldplay.
In the UK, musical events generate 405. 000 0 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, according to Global Citizen, organizer festival s “zero waste”.