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Massive Attack to create blueprint for eco-friendly touring

Rober Del Naja wants to address venue waste and power, artist, crew and audience travel... 

Massive Attack have announced plans to create a blueprint for eco-friendly touring. 

The Bristol, UK group are working with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at Manchester University, mapping the full carbon footprint of touring bands and musicians. 

The goal is to create a "roadmap to decarbonisation" of music tours and concerts, assisting "swift and significant emissions reductions", according to an article in The Guardian by Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja, AKA 3D, who performed at an Extinction Rebellion street protest in London earlier this year. 

The blueprint will not only look at artist and crew travel and venue waste, but also audience journeys and venue power — the latter two are thought to generate the most CO2. Del Naja has warned against the idea of offsetting as a means to make the live music sector greener. A European Commission report suggests up to 85% of offsetting programmes will be ineffective. 

“The report produced by the Tyndall Centre will not provide a panacea”, De Naja said. “But in an emergency context, business as usual — regardless of its nature, high profile or popularity — is unacceptable.”

Last year DJ Mag produced an in-depth feature questioning whether dance music, and in particular global festival culture, could ever be truly sustainable. This was followed by another piece on the problem of single-use plastics in clubs