Climate action for music fans
Live music. There’s nothing like it. It’s the ultimate experience for music fans. The Climate Gig enables fans to enjoy live music more sustainably, by addressing your carbon emissions when traveling to and from music events. Together, we support meaningful climate impact.
Estimate your carbon emissions.
Enter your travel details to understand the carbon emissions your travel to and from your
next live music event will generate – and then see options for taking climate action.
How it works:
Identify: Enter your travel details into the carbon widget on this page and estimate the emissions of your trip.
Choose: Choose whether you would like to address your carbon footprint by supporting sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), verified carbon offsets, or a combination of both!
Implement: If you select SAF, your chosen volume will be entered into an airport closest to the SAF production facility. If you select carbon offsets, your contribution will go towards a certified climate project.
Impact: You will receive a receipt highlighting your purchase and corresponding contribution.
Want to know how we do it?
The highest source of carbon emissions from live music events is usually flights but emissions from ground transportation (i.e., cars or trains) are not too far behind. The Climate Gig is an online tool that lets you understand and act on these carbon emissions through supporting sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and a high-impact climate project.
The climate gig is essential for me because I work for different environmental organizations, and sometimes my work feels double since I fly a lot. So it’s beautiful that The Climate gig exists and that we can address it a bit and work towards a better future. And to use my platform for a good cause.
It’s now more important than ever that we take action for our planet, supporting innovative and efficient new alternatives like the Climate Gig.
I love my career & I'm super grateful for all the places where I get to play & be a voice for change. But travel emissions continue to be a big dilemma for me. I’m a climate activist & I want to remove single-use plastics from the scene, so I really don't feel at ease burning all this fuel to go spread my music. The Climate Gig is a perfect solution for me, & I hope it get's a lot of love in the industry.
Even if we truly love our job, we must admit it has its limitations when it comes to environmental responsibility. Despite many efforts on our daily routine (buying less plastic, consuming less, eating organic) and even if we try our best for our trips (taking alternative ways of transportation) we’re still confronted to the necessity of frequently flying from a place to another. And unfortunately we don’t have much choice if we want to maintain our level of activity. Therefore it becomes critical for us to find a way to compensate this impact, and The Climate Gig just looks like the perfect match. Indeed, either by catching CO2, planting trees or developing sustainable aviation fuel, we feel like it will allow us to concretely act, and send a positive message to our families, friends, and supporters. We love to travel the world to spread positive vibes, but it’s time to stop making it negative for the planet. We’re sure this will become possible thanks to The Climate Gig, and we’re excited to work on this with you guys!
The climate gig is a climate tool for the music industry. It enables artists, venues, and fans to estimate and act on the carbon emissions associated with traveling to live music events.
Whether you are traveling by car, bus, train, or plane, going to a live music event comes at an unavoidable environmental cost.
As a matter of fact, travel is usually the biggest source of carbon emissions as it relates to live events. Flying is responsible for approximately 3% of global emissions. This might not seem like a lot, but in the grand scheme of things, it is, and this figure is expected to get considerably higher in the next decade.
What's our goal?
We want to help make attending live events into a more environmentally friendly experience. The Climate Gig enables fans, artists, and venues to take responsible action by understanding and making responsible choices related to their travel emissions.
What’s in it for me?
If you, like us, are passionate about the world of music and enjoy going to live music events, you can join us in transforming it. Use your passion to inspire other fans, artists, and event organizers in making the unique experience of live music a more sustainable one. Let’s use the collective power of music to drive the industry forward in a more climate-positive direction.
The Climate Gig makes it easy to understand and act on the carbon emissions associated with your trip to and from a live event by supporting the development of sustainable aviation fuel, or certified climate projects that reduce or remove carbon emissions.
All you need to do is select your means of transport (plane, train, bus), and enter your travel details into the carbon widget on this page. The widget will estimate and show you what your emissions are for that trip and will give you the option to address them through supporting a mix of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and a certified reforestation project. How you want to distribute your contribution between SAF and reforestation is totally up to you.
Do I have to log in or create an account?
Not at all. The only thing you need to act on your carbon footprint is the widget you'll find on this page. But if you want to collect and track the positive impact you are creating, then setting up an account is a good idea. It's completely free, with no strings attached. Your account saves your climate impact every time you choose to act and shows you what your impact actually means.
What is Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)?
Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) describes non-conventional jet fuels produced from more sustainable resources (also referred to as feedstocks). While producing conventional jet fuel involves fossil fuel extraction, SAF production relies on alternative feedstocks which can, for example, be from waste materials from forestry and agriculture, used cooking oil, and beyond.
SAF has three main characteristics: (1) SAF is sustainably produced without depleting natural resources; (2) it’s made from alternative materials instead of crude oil; and (3) it’s compatible with existing aircraft infrastructure – making it a safe, easy substitute for conventional jet fuel.
While SAF still represents less than 0.1% of global aviation fuel today, it is anticipated to play a meaningful role in decarbonizing aviation – particularly in the short and medium-term while frontier technologies like electric planes and hydrogen propulsion continue to mature to the point of commercial use.
When you support SAF to address your carbon footprint, SkyNRG – a global pioneer in Sustainable Aviation Fuel, will ensure that the appropriate amount of SAF is used to replace traditional fossil jet fuel on a commercial flight.
What do I pay for when I purchase SAF?
You pay for the CO2 reduction impact of SAF. SAF significantly reduces CO2 emissions compared to fossil fuel, but it is more expensive. This price difference is paid by you and an airline, so the total costs are shared and lower for everyone.
What is a carbon offset, or a carbon credit?
Carbon offsetting is a mechanism that enables individuals and organizations to advance climate action by supporting certified third-party projects that contribute to the reduction or removal of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Certified carbon projects issue carbon credits, which act as an instrument for selling or trading the project’s associated removal or reduction impact. Each carbon credit represents a single unit of GHG emissions (being one (1) tonne carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e)) that is reduced or removed from the atmosphere or the carbon cycle and that would not have taken place without the prospect of selling such carbon credits. A unit of GHG emissions can be reduced or removed through various methods or project types.
The purchase of a carbon credit enables the buyer to contribute to these certified carbon projects, and one often purchases credits in an amount equivalent to an estimated carbon footprint. This act of “carbon offsetting” provides financing for these certified carbon projects.
A carbon project's ability to issue carbon credits depends on a set of rigorous conditions – in order for a project to issue credits, the emission reductions or removals must be validated as additional, measurable, auditable, permanent, and unique.
How do you estimate my carbon emissions?
For flights – our CO2 emissions calculations are based on International Air Transport Association (IATA) Recommended Practice - RP 1726 and take into account parameters such as all scheduled flights, aircraft fuel consumption, seat configuration, and historical load factors for more than 400 airlines.
For buses – we use Google Maps as the engine to compute route distances, and emission factors are from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Greenhouse gas reporting: conversion factors.
For trains - we use Google Maps as the engine to compute route distances, and the emission factors are sourced by the European Environment Agency: average rail emissions in the EU per passenger-km (2014, published 2017).
Where does my financial contribution go?
We charge a small, fixed fee per transaction to build, manage and improve this platform. The rest of your contribution goes to supplying SAF in the coming months on your behalf and/or Carbon Offsets.
When I purchase SAF, does my plane fly on the fuel I bought?
Not per se and here’s why - When you address your carbon footprint by purchasing SAF, this fuel is used on an airplane that is near the place where the SAF is made, instead of being transported to the plane you are flying on. The advantage of this is that the fuel doesn’t have to be transported unnecessarily, which means less CO2 emissions and lower costs!
Since greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a global problem, it doesn't really matter where the reduction in emissions occurs. The same principle is also applied to green electricity, where the green electricity does not necessarily come from your socket, but your energy supplier adds it to the entire grid on your behalf.
If you want to learn more about how SAF is delivered and claimed, you can read this blog.
The Climate Gig is powered by DGTL, Revolution Foundation, Bye Bye Plastic Foundation, SkyNRG, and CHOOOSE™. Together we are working to convert our passion for music into action for climate, by bringing real, measurable solutions to your musical fingertips.
DGTL is a music festival which started out in Amsterdam, but now also organizes editions in Bengaluru, Santiago, São Paulo, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, and Madrid. DGTL’s goal is to become the first circular, climate-neutral event in the world. Always mindful of our environmental and social impact, we work with enthusiastic partners to spread our message and expand our reach.
About the Revolution Foundation
The Revolution Foundation provides sustainable and circular systems for festivals, events, and organizations. We work together closely with events, companies, and governments to design and implement circular blueprints. We believe that this is the best way to introduce the world to a new economic paradigm, in which we distance ourselves from the ‘linear’ (take-make-waste) era.
About the Bye Bye Plastic Foundation
Dreamed up and led by Vivie-Ann aka BLOND:ISH as a grassroots movement, Bye Bye Plastic is on track to wipe out single-use plastic in the music industry. Bye Bye Plastic has inspired thousands of DJs and event promoters to back the initiative. We have partnered and consulted with industry giants, and led sustainability panels at music conferences.
CHOOOSE™ is a leading climate-tech company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. CHOOOSE delivers a platform that enables both individuals and organizations to understand their carbon footprint, make more carbon-informed decisions, and support trusted climate solutions around the world. For more information, please visit chooose.today.
Since 2009, SkyNRG has been building up SAF capacity and production for the industry to meet its 2050 net zero commitment. SkyNRG has supplied SAF to over 40 airlines across the world and is now developing dedicated SAF production facilities to support the transition from fossil jet fuel to sustainable aviation fuel. SkyNRG does not compromise when it comes to sustainability; we are a globally recognized Certified B Corp(TM), our operations are certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), and we are advised by an independent Sustainability Board, as well as a wolrdwide NGO network to ensure we make the right sustainability decisions across all of our operations. Learn more at www.skynrg.com.