Can the music industry lessen environmental impact?: Live gigs & festivals have returned, along with the environmental impact of fans observed at Reading Festival slightly more than a week ago, yet what can the music industry alone do to restrict carbon emissions?
University of Manchester scientists are demanding action like artists to replace private jets for trains as their transport to shows, venues making their own renewable energy to power the concerts & gig tickets to consist of free public transport.
Bristol located dance act Massive Attack teamed up with the University back in 2019 to investigate the main impacts the music industry has on the planet. The band has supplied data from its tours on their carbon footprint since the association for the scientists to use in their study.
Including the before mentioned actions, the scientists are further urging venues to use added energy efficient lighting as well as sound equipment at gigs, make more useful bicycle storage along with offering incentives to fans that choose to travel to the event by using public transport.
The research says the industry should only be permitted to offset its carbon emissions when precisely lowering them was not an option & an insufficient amount is being done to discover that possibility.
Massive Attack agreed to take part in the study after their concerns encompassing climate change, saying: “For some time, despite taking consistent steps to reduce the environmental impact associated with an internationally touring music group, we’ve been concerned & preoccupied with the carbon footprint of our schedules & the wider impact of our sector overall.
“This concern has deepened with each new report from the IPCC & the universal acceptance of the climate & biodiversity emergency.”
Band member, Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja said that ‘plug and play’ tours should become far commonplace – which is where artists hire sound systems as well as equipment for shows from the venue instead of bringing their own. He stated: “When we turn up at festivals, we use the same gear. We get on the same stage. Most of the stuff we use is pretty similar.
“It sounds crazy that bands are crisscrossing the same highways at night with the same gear with the same big lorries. It’s unnecessary.”
Professor Carly McLachlan, research leader from the Tyndall Centre, announced: “To really decarbonise live music, you need to start doing it right from the inception of a tour.
“[Artists] have to be able to demonstrate that they are doing all these things themselves; reducing the amount of aviation or working with partners to decarbonise the venues they play in.
“A lot of these elements are about saving energy & that could be a direct money-saver for the tour. We can have affordable low carbon activities of all sorts in the future, including music.”
If changes in the environmental effects of festivals would show changes in the ticket prices still, remains to be seen.
Can the music industry lessen environmental impact?