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U2 Wreak Havoc With 'Massive Carbon Footprint'
Ben Hewitt , July 7th, 2009 06:36

As if inflicting their music on the world wasn't enough

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U2's desire to save the planet has been rather undermined by the revelation that the band have a carbon footprint big enough to fly them to Mars and back.

In a speech made in Tokyo last year, Bono said: "“My prayer is that we become better in looking after our planet.”

But according to environmentalist experts from, the band will clock up 70,000 air miles during their 100-date 18-month world tour, not to mention transporting the three 390-tonne stages and 200 crew and backstage staff members who accompany them as well.

Their CO2 emissions are the equivalent of the waste created by 6,500 average British or Irish people in an entire year, or equal to leaving a standard 100 watt lightbulb on for 159,000 years, and are much larger than the carbon footpring left by Madonna during her 2006 world tour when she produced 1,635 tonnes in air transport.

The tour’s carbon footprint can also be measured in space terms, with their colossal emissions of up to 65,000 tonnes of CO2 enough to fly them on a return trip to the planet Mars.’s environment consultant Helen Roberts said: “The carbon footprint generated by U2’s 44 concerts this year is equal to carbon created by the four band members travelling the 34.125 million miles from Earth to Mars in a passenger plane.

“You also have to add the carbon emissions from the same number of concerts again next year.

“Just looking at the 44 concerts this year, the band will create enough carbon to fly all 90,000 people attending one of their Wembley concerts to Dublin. To offset this year’s carbon emissions, U2 would need to plant 20,118 trees.”

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Mark Reed
Jul 7, 2009 3:18pm

Please do some research. u2 are buying carbon offsets that match at least the carbon footprint generated by the tour. There's a very recent interview with the show designer about this which should help.

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Vincent Nifigance
Jul 7, 2009 3:48pm

That's awesome. I do sort of the same thing. Whenever I've finished my weekly tyre-burn, I try and pop as much bubble-wrap as I can for the next 7 days, therefore re-releasing this imprisoned-oxygen back into the atmosphere, and helping to maintain the natural order.

Just doing my bit.

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Luke Turner
Jul 7, 2009 4:03pm


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Ben Hewitt
Jul 8, 2009 9:59am

The only mention of U2 buying carbon offsets - at the time of writing the article at least - was the following extract from The Independent:

"U2’s PR agency RMP did not return a request asking if the band were buying carbon offsets to contribute towards the damage of their enormous emissions."

That obviously doesn't mean they have no intention of doing so, but doesn't confirm that they are planning to do so either.

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Dec 7, 2009 10:49am

you may have seen this program they have just launched around this..

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