Coldplay turns heat up on climate change with emissions app
For its world tour, the band is encouraging fans to use low-output transport to get to its concerts
British band Coldplay is trying to turn its fans into climate rock stars with an app that rewards them for taking low-carbon transportation to concerts during the group’s world tour.
There were 80,000 downloads of the smartphone app during the first leg of the 2022 tour, according to Coldplay, and the band says estimated emissions from fan travel fell nearly 50% compared with its 2016-2017 shows. However, a review of those numbers indicates the limits of using motivational apps to calculate and offset carbon emissions.
Coldplay said it aims to make its “Music of the Spheres” tour as sustainable as possible. To that end the band is doing everything from installing solar arrays at concert venues to travelling via biofuelled jets and electric vehicles...