The FIS Alpine World Ski Championship 2019 has become the latest major sports event to achieve ISO 20121 certification – and is aiming to be climate neutral. Åre 2019, the event organiser, achieved the standard following an external audit by the Research Institutes of Sweden after meeting all the environmental,...
The code devised by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic organising committee around the sustainable sourcing of timber is being reviewed, amid suggestions that plywood being used to build venues could come from “illegal” sources. Since July 2018, Games organisers have been holding discussions with NGOs, timber experts and certification scheme owners...
Four out of five sports federations across Europe have no formal objectives related to environmental sustainability, a study on sports governance has revealed. While 20% of sports federations could articulate objectives and actions aimed at promoting environmental sustainability, 89% failed to evaluate the impact of those policies. Around 22% of...
One of the most important tournaments in the PGA’s calendar has maintained its status as the largest verified zero waste event in the world. The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open achieved 100% landfill diversion through recycling, composting, donation, reuse and waste-to-energy. For the sixth year in a row, the competition...
The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) is updating its Sustainability Handbook in line with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards – the most widely-adopted global standards for sustainability reporting. After making the decision to adopt GRI earlier this year, the FEI started to adapt to each of the GRI...
A standardised system for analysing ocean health is being developed thanks to Volvo Ocean Race and its extensive work investigating the damage being done to the sea by microplastics. During the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race season, a scientific consortium working with the sailing competition found microplastics in 66 out of...
Finding cities capable of hosting the Winter Olympic Games is becoming increasingly challenging as a result of climate change, according to International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach. Bach said that while geographical obstacles limited the number of potential host cities anyway, the issue was being exacerbated by the changing...
A wood of 500 trees will be planted by Arsenal Football Club at its London Colney training ground in a bid to enhance its reputation as the Premier League’s sustainability pioneer. The first 100 trees of ‘Colney Wood’ have been planted by first-team players Hector Bellerin, Petr Cech and Aaron...
The IAAF is hoping to collect its first batch of “real-time” competition data around air quality and how it affects athlete performance during next year’s World Relays in Japan. Yokohama was selected to host the fourth edition of the event in May 2019. It’s now being mooted as the starting...
UEFA’s Euro 2020 Championships will be the focal point for an ambitious environmental management pilot project that will produce a new set of sustainability guidelines for the football sector. The Environmental Management Guidelines will be designed by TACKLE (Teaming up for a Conscious Kick for the Legacy of Environment), a...