Ocean conservation organisation Project Zero has announced Zero Carbon Roadiean innovative carbon calculator that is set to support touring musicians’ efforts to mitigate their carbon footprints.

This new tool can be used by music artists to reduce their impact on the environment resulting from travel, haulage, power generation and other activities that are part and parcel of touring. The tool uses the latest greenhouse gas emissions data to calculate total emissions and provide a picture of a tour’s overall carbon footprint.

Zero Carbon Roadie will be launched in two phases. The first phase will comprise a basic version that will be released in the spring and will provide a means of estimating the overall footprint of an artist’s tour by making calculations based on a simple online questionnaire. The second phase of the tool will provide the opportunity for a detailed analysis of tour impacts and will be released later in the year.

Once relevant tour data has been entered into the system, Zero Carbon Roadie will measure the carbon emitted and allow tours to support natural climate solutions by investing in Project Zero’s Blue Carbon Fund, which will support projects around the world that protect and restore ‘blue carbon’ ecosystems.

Blue carbon ecosystems, such as mangroves, seagrass meadows and salt marshes, sequester and store vast amounts of carbon (more per unit area than terrestrial forests), and are critical to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as providing habitat for wildlife and many other benefits for coastal communities. By employing Zero Carbon Roadie and contributing to the Blue Carbon Fund, artists are setting themselves on the road to a zero-carbon future.

Project Zero trustee, Tyrone Wood, comments: “Like so many facets of society the music touring industry wants to reduce their environmental impact, but it takes time and new technologies which are happily coming to market. We are so pleased to be introducing Zero Carbon Roadie and to be part of an overall push towards a more sustainable future.”

Michele Clarke, CEO of Project Zero, says: “We’re all on the journey to create a sustainable future for life on Earth and, like all journeys, you have to begin somewhere. Zero Carbon Roadie is a tool that has been specifically designed to inspire tours to invest in blue carbon projects that will sequester carbon for hundreds of years. We’re thrilled to be working to restore and protect our vital blue carbon ecosystems.”