U2 aim for carbon neutral tour

Wrinkly rockers U2 are hoping to keep their environmental credentials by offsetting all the carbon emissions from their current world tour.

An earlier tour by rockers U2

An earlier tour by rockers U2

The plan's for the Irish band's tour called U2 360 also include charging US fans an extra 50cents to go towards the offsetting.

The tour, which is currently in Eastern Europe and will visit London, Sheffield and Glasgow before arriving in Chicago in September, is believed to be the largest such event in history.

Organisers, Live Nation, hired the US based MusicMatters environmental team to work out the impact of the tour can be cut.

MusicMatters' founder and president, Michael Martin, said: "We identified areas the tour could first and foremost reduce its environmental impact without compromising the quality of the fan experience.

"We are now in the process of implementing these recommendations with Live Nation. Next we will announce a customized U2 U2-360° Tour offset strategy, reflecting the band's robust social change commitment, to offset the remaining tour emissions."

Although the details have not been completely released MusicMatters use a variety of methods including solar stages, carbon offsets and biofuels to reduce the impact of the shows.

Luke Walsh




Energy efficiency & low-carbon
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