- British band Coldplay has announced their next tour Music of the Spheres World Tour to have at minimum a net-zero carbon footprint and as such have built a portfolio of solutions to help them achieve this goal by the end of the new touring cycle.
- While Coldplay aims at reducing their tour-related emissions by 50%, the remaining unavoidable emissions will be removed by a portfolio of carbon removal solutions.
- Coldplay has selected Climeworks’ direct air capture and storage as the only technological approach included, convinced by its permanence and measurable benefits. They were also excited to see Orca, the largest direct air capture and storage plant, live at the beginning of September.
- Coldplay’s portfolio consists of nature-based and technological carbon removal solutions, including reforestation, soil restoration, rewilding, blue carbon projects, such as seagrass meadow restoration, sustainable aviation fuels and Climeworks’ direct air capture and storage solution.
“It is already proven that carbon removal at scale is a must on the current emissions pathway and technological solutions will be needed. We are very inspired to see public figures like Coldplay seizing the magnitude of the challenge and acting boldly by working towards ambitious emissions reduction and removing the unavoidable part. Supporting them with our carbon dioxide removal service takes us one step closer to our vision of inspiring 1 billion people to remove CO2 from the air.” – Christoph Gebald, co-CEO and co-founder of Climeworks
“Playing live and finding connection with people is ultimately why we exist as a band. We’ve been planning this tour for years, and we’re super excited to play songs from across our whole time together. At the same time, we’re very conscious that the planet is facing a climate crisis. So we’ve spent the last two years consulting with environmental experts to make this tour as sustainable as possible, and, just as importantly, to harness the tour’s potential to push things forward. We won’t get everything right, but we’re committed to doing everything we can and sharing what we learn. It’s a work in progress and we’re really grateful for the help we’ve had so far.” – Coldplay
To limit global warming to 1.5°C, humanity needs to drastically reduce emissions (also called mitigation), which prevents new CO2 from entering the atmosphere. While this is an absolute must, it is no longer enough: in addition, historic and unavoidable emissions must be removed from the air to achieve net-zero and later on net-negative emissions globally. Leading scientific studies indicate that by mid-century 10 billion tons of CO2 will need to be removed from the air every year to keep global warming in the line of the limits of the Paris Agreement. Climeworks’ direct air capture and storage is a scalable solution that can remove CO2 from the air in a permanent and measurable way.
Climeworks empowers people to reverse climate change by permanently removing carbon dioxide from the air.
One of two things happens to the Climeworks air-captured carbon dioxide: either it is returned to earth, stored safely and permanently away for millions of years, or it is upcycled into climate-friendly products such as carbon-neutral fuels and materials. The Climeworks direct air capture technology runs exclusively on clean energy, and the modular CO2 collectors can be stacked to build machines of any size.
Founded by engineers Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher, Climeworks strives to inspire 1 billion people to act now and remove carbon dioxide from the air.
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