BARENAKED LADIES ON TOUR

Education Services / L’équipe des services d’éducation
16 June 2014

Barenaked Ladies

During 2013, beloved Canadian band Barenaked Ladies, along with musical friends Ben Folds Five and Guster, made large efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of their Last Summer on Earth tour. Partnering with REVERB, a not-for-profit organization that educates and engages musicians and their fans to take action toward a more sustainable future, the band was able to ensure:

  • Event facilities featured prominent recycling;
  • Reusable water bottles, plates and cutlery (or at minimum biodegradable corn products) were used by the band and crew; and
  • The band offset their carbon emissions through a program with REVERB, Native Energy's Clean Water Campaign, Greensburg Wind Farm and the Wewonka Biogas project (to learn more about carbon offsets, read the article (with Starting Points) here).

One of the major energy uses on tour is transportation between concert venues. To help offset the impact of their travel, Barenaked Ladies rode on a bus equipped with solar panels and a clean emissions system based on a water/ammonia solution called diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) (for more about DEF, read the article here). The result was a carbon footprint equivalent to about 2/5 of a normal tour bus. In this video below, Ed Robertson shares his thoughts on why these efforts were important to the band.



Below are two trips made on the Barenaked Ladies tour. How does one day of your personal travel data compare to one day on tour with Barenaked Ladies? To find out register for the Energy4Travel action project for Grades 8 to 12 students across Canada.

Data Collected Trip 1 Trip 2
Main reason for trip Concert Tour Concert Tour
Date(s) of trip Wednesday, July 10 - Thursday, July 11 Monday, July 15 - Tuesday, July 16
Start Location Molson Canadian Amphitheater, Toronto Merriweather Post, Columbia, MD
End Location DTE Energy Music Theatre,Clarkston, MI Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA
Distance travelled (km) 396 km 678 km
Duration of trip (minutes) 236 minutes 463 minutes
Weather Overcast Partly cloudy, humid
Temperature 17 degrees Celcius 27 degrees Celcius
Type of Vehicle Tour Bus Tour Bus
Type of Fuel Diesel Diesel
Number of passengers on vehicle 5 5
L fuel used (total)1 146.5 L 250.9 L
L fuel (per person) 29.3 L 50.2 L
Energy used per person (MJ)2 1 122.2 MJ 1 922.7 MJ
N2O emissions per person (g)3 0 g 0 g
CH4 emissions per person (g)4 1.5 g 2.55 g
CO2 emissions per person (kg)5 78.0 kg 133.7 kg

1This is based on the American Bus Association Motor Coach Census 2013 (http://www.buses.org/files/Foundation/Census2013.pdf), which gives an approximate average for fuel consumption of coach buses at 6 mpg (0.39 L/km). The BNL engine was identified as being 5% more efficient than an average bus engine, giving it a rating of 0.37 L/km.

2This value is based on the energy content for diesel fuel (38.3 MJ/L) (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/57-601-x/2012001/appendix-appendice1-eng.htm).

3This value is as a result of the bus having a regeneration exhaust system and using Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). The exhaust system recirculates emissions into the engine a second time and then takes the final waste gases and mixes them with a solution of 65% water and 35% ammonia which results in the production of water vapor and N2 gas. For more about this system, see the backgrounder here.

4This value is based on the CH4 emission value for diesel fuel which is 0.000051 kg/L (http://unfccc.int/national_reports/annex_i_ghg_inventories/national_inventories_submissions/items/7383.php).

5This value is based on the CO2 emission value for diesel fuel which is 2.663 kg/L (http://unfccc.int/national_reports/annex_i_ghg_inventories/national_inventories_submissions/items/7383.php).

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