Music industry’s carbon footprint to fall as pandemic sees summer festivals cancelled

Download Festival’s acts could generate 162,951.40 kilograms of carbon dioxide from travel alone if it went ahead this year, according to a new study

The music industry's carbon footprint is to fall as the coronavirus pandemic sees summer festivals across the UK and around the world cancelled.

By taking data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) and combining that with the distance required for headline artists to travel to festivals, Boiler Guide has calculated the kilograms of carbon that can be attributed to each event,

Based on the travel distance of the headline acts based on their hometown and an assumed transport choice of ‘air’ when travelling from overseas and ‘bus’ when travelling within mainland UK, Download Festival is the festival with the greatest carbon impact, with more than 162,951.40 kilograms of carbon dioxide generated from travel alone.

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