NEW YORK — Rock band Coldplay is partnering with renewable fuels company Neste to partially power its new world tour with sustainable energy.
According to a news release, the band’s goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 percent compared to their previous tour.
“Neste will provide Coldplay with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to help reduce emissions from air travels, while the company’s renewable diesel will help cut emissions from the band’s tour transports and stage power generation,” the news release stated.
In 2019, Coldplay pressed pause on their touring until it could be done in a more sustainable way.
“To achieve its ambition for more sustainable touring, Coldplay has explored e.g. lower-emission alternatives to power aircraft, power generators and road vehicles necessary for a successful world tour,” the news release stated.
“Sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel proved the best option for these.”
Neste says its renewable fuels are produced from 100% renewable raw materials, such as used cooking oil, to reduce emissions from the North American and European legs of the Music Of The Spheres World Tour.
“Coldplay is one of the world’s most popular touring bands, and their ambition to make their Music Of The Spheres World Tour as sustainable as possible is extremely inspiring. The world needs these kinds of changemakers to lead the way towards a more sustainable future,” Minna Aila, senior vice president for sustainability and corporate affairs and member of the executive committee at Neste, said.
“We at Neste are excited and proud to join forces with Coldplay to help reduce emissions from their world tour concerts and tour-related transports with our renewable fuels.”
Neste’s renewable diesel will be additionally used in stationary power generators, creating renewable, low-emission electricity for the concert.
Coldplay will also use Neste’s renewable diesel on stage or in the logistics in altogether seven Coldplay concerts in the US and in 22 concerts in Europe. It is estimated that with Neste-produced renewable diesel and SAF, Coldplay will be able to reduce their tour transport related carbon footprint during the North American and European legs of the tour by around 50%.
“We’re really happy to partner with Neste to make our Music Of The Spheres World Tour as sustainable as possible. Their low-emission renewable fuels will play a major part in our efforts to minimize the tour’s climate impact,“ Coldplay said in a group statement.
Coldplay’s Chris Martin said that the group has continually “tried to put sustainability at the center of this tour because it just feels like the only option.”
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