Commonwealth Games 2022
The Commonwealth Games 2022 have declared a sustainability pledge with seven pillars, stating Birmingham’s Games will be the first Commonwealth Games with a carbon-neutral legacy, and will set a benchmark for future Games.
World Athletics marked Earth Day by announcing that it will embed mandatory sustainability requirements into all the competitions that it owns or sanctions, in an effort to drive down the environmental impact of the sport. You can read more about it here.
British Triathlon appointed a Sustainability Commission which aims to review sustainability within Triathlon. One of UEA’s own professor’s, Andy Jordan (ENV), sits on the board.
Formula 1 has recently announced they are planning to become carbon neutral by 2030. You can read about it here.
The home of British motorsport, Silverstone is accelerating change to lead the way as a sporting venue by committing to an ambitious ten-year venue and facility investment strategy that will put sustainability at the centre of daily operations. You can read about it here.
Wimbledon are aiming to reduce emissions from their operations to ‘net zero’, be a resource-efficient organisation and contribute to a ‘net gain’ in biodiversity all by 2030: https://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/atoz/sustainability.html
See more of what the national stadium in Wales (Cardiff) are doing to make sure they are managing their environmental impact whilst hosting large-scale sporting events: https://www.principalitystadium.wales/information/sustainability/
Sport England announced a new strategy in January 2021, one of their five main focus points is active environments which includes the promotion and protection of open/green spaces. They have also recently produced a “Becoming More Environmentally Sustainable Guide” in collaboration with BASIS and Communnity Leisure UK.
Twickenham, the home of the English rugby team, has introduced a reusable Fan Cup to replace the flimsy, disposable cups that were previously used during games. Around 140,000 pints of beer could be served during an international match meaning 140,000 cups were likely to be thrown away.
Premier League (Football)
The BBC worked with the UN to create a new league table – this time ranking all 20 premier league clubs on their sustainability initiatives. Arsenal came out on top, but you can view the full table here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50317760