Albert is leading a charge against climate change; bringing the film and TV industries together to tackle our environmental impact and inspiring screen audiences to act for a sustainable future.
We believe that our creative industries represent the greatest opportunity to protect our planet.
Founded in 2011 and governed by an industry consortium, we support everyone working in film and TV to understand their opportunities to create positive environmental change.
Albert has recently created a new entity exclusively dedicated to sport : Albert Sport, with the aim to tackle even more precisely the sustainability challenges of broadcasters active in sport
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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.
Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 15,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.
IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.
Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.
Biological diversity, or biodiversity in short, is defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity as the ‘.. variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are a part; this includes diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems’. Biodiversity supports valuable ecosystem services that are essential for the survival and healthy functioning of human society and its economic activities.
The links between Sport and Biodiversity
Sport can have significant negative impacts on biodiversity, through the construction and use of sports venues and the staging of sporting events. Sport can negatively impact biodiversity through land use to build permanent or temporary sports venues and facilities, as well as through the pollution, noise, waste, lighting, traffic, and resource demand resulting from the staging of sporting events attended by hundreds or thousands of spectators. At the same time, sport, through its global reach, can be an important catalyst for raising awareness about the need for biodiversity conservation, and promoting and supporting efforts to enhance biodiversity.
Understanding and managing the potential negative impacts and opportunities for conservation is vital for ensuring that sports venues and sporting events deliver successfully both from the financial and operational standpoint. Unmanaged or poorly managed biodiversity impacts can lead to financial, regulatory, operational, and reputational risks. On the other hand, timely and effective action to mitigate risks and enhance conservation can help venues and event planners and organisers increase their social license to operate, more easily attract future sporting events, establish long-term positive relationships with communities and the media, and attract sponsors.
Mitigating negative impacts on biodiversity
The construction of new sports venues, the installation of temporary venues and associated facilities, and the use and refurbishment of existing venues can all impact on biodiversity. The type of risks and opportunities will vary, depending mainly on the location of the venue (i.e. whether it is sited in an urban area or in the natural environment, and the importance of that environment for biodiversity) and on its size. While the impacts may be broader, more severe, and more obvious in a natural, undeveloped area, where it is often necessary to construct access roads, power supply infrastructure, and water and sewer infrastructure (amongst others), there are also risks to developing in urban areas, where many species make their homes within the built environment.
The staging of sporting events in both urban and natural settings can impact biodiversity through the presence of large numbers of spectators, who increase noise, vibration, pollution, waste generation, and traffic. Other risks to biodiversity from sporting events include oil or fuel spills, sewage discharge, light pollution, increased use of chemicals and fertilisers, and increased demand for natural resources.
To address these potential impacts, developers should first comply with all legal and statutory requirements relating to biodiversity. Beyond compliance, the recommended way to manage biodiversity impacts effectively is through the mitigation hierarchy of avoidance, minimisation, restoration, and offsetting of residual impacts. Preventive mitigation measures (avoidance and minimisation) are always preferable to corrective measures (restoration and offsets).
Maximising opportunities for biodiversity conservation
Sporting events and their associated facilities can leverage opportunities to promote and support biodiversity conservation through a variety of activities and initiatives, including:
• enhancing natural habitats in urban environments by restoring degraded sites, connecting fragmented habitats, building ‘green’ rooftops and living walls, installing man-made habitats for wildlife, increasing the diversity of plant species, and incorporating plantings in their project design that provide additional habitat and benefits to local fauna and flora;
• increasing the area under protection through on-site or off-site protection of natural features;
• generating funds and increasing awareness for protected area management by staging low-impact sporting events, such as running or mountain biking, within or partially within protected areas;
• raising public awareness about biodiversity through the use of biodiversity elements as mascots or as part of an event’s logo, and the creation of public exhibits and educational programs, as well as through sports commentators and individual, high-profile athletes;
• increasing available knowledge and data by sharing biodiversity inventories and baseline information that may be required as part of venue development with conservation organisations and research institutions; and
• generating biodiversity benefits through projects designed to offset the carbon footprint of a venue or event.
Where can you find solutions?
IUCN, in collaboration with IOC, has developed a series of guides designed to help decision makers understand and manage these potential impacts, as well as for maximising opportunities to use sport as a way to promote and enhance biodiversity conservation.
Read more about the Guides: Sport and Biodiversity published by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in 2018
Sport and Sustainability International (SandSI) is a non-profit Swiss association that seeks to accelerate sustainability in and through sport. SandSI is a global membership organisation, bringing together both sport and non-sport entities as well as athletes and scholars from all continents, using one common language: sport. Through its programmes, SandSI strives to have a positive impact on climate, waste and health, aligning itself with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 2030 SandSI Goals are:
The Sustainability Report is an independent platform that provides economic, social and environmental intelligence for the sports industry. We showcase leadership, strategy, research and innovation through in-depth analysis, insightful podcasts, research-driven reports, and engaging animations. The Sustainability Report is published by Touchline, a multilingual international agency specialising in sustainability, sport and reporting
Touchline is an international communications agency specialising in sustainability and sport. For more than two decades we’ve helped leading sports organisations engage their key stakeholders by telling their most impactful stories, delivering multilingual, multi-platform content and reports. We work for the IOC, FIFA, UEFA, FIBA, World Rugby and the ICC, among others. Through our independent platform, The Sustainability Report, we provide economic, social and environmental intelligence for the sports industry. Touchline is a certified carbon neutral organisation.
Ecoathletes is an experienced team of athletes and academics, climate scientists and ecopreneurs, green business leaders and journalists, devoted to finding the Jackie Robinsons and the Megan Rapinoes of climate change and getting them to join the fight.
EcoAthletes delivers engaging, interactive, customized education for athletes that empowers them to speak out confidently on climate change. They also offer athletes individual climate-focused mentorship, personal brand building, or opportunities for career development.
Led by the Czech Olympic Committee, and co-financed by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union, the ASAP project has for its mission to enable project partners to create, adopt and start implementing integrated sustainability strategies in their organisations, and/or improve the sustainability of their operations.
By translating existing recommendations, guidelines, and best practises into a practical hands-on approach, and by giving this approach a strategic framework, the project helps partner organisations integrate sustainability into the very core of their operations, into their purpose.
To do so, the three years-long project uses a mentor-mentee working method bringing together “sustainability-experienced” National Olympic Committees (Denmark, Finland, Germany) with “sustainability beginners” (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia). Roadmap for the creation of an integrated sustainability strategy will be created as a practical tool for any sport organisation.
FAIR PLAY FOR PLANET is part of a global dynamic that supports sports clubs and events by in developing and strengthening your eco-performance.
FAIR PLAY FOR PLANET promotes a model of economic and social development that is based on concern for the environment.
FAIR PLAY FOR PLANET is a communication and gathering platform for committed, responsible and forward-thinking sport.
Our various services encourage individuals, sports clubs to set up concrete, quantifiable and profitable actions in the service of the environment.
WHO began when our Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date we now celebrate every year as World Health Day. We are now more than 7000 people from more than 150 countries working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at our headquarters in Geneva.
WHO's priority in the area of health systems is moving towards universal health coverage. WHO works with policy-makers, global health partners, civil society, academia and the private sector to help countries develop and implement sound national health plans. In addition, WHO helps countries to provide equitable, integrated, people-centred and affordable health services; facilitate access to affordable, safe and effective health technologies; and strengthen their health information systems and evidence-based health policies.
WHO recently signed an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to jointly promote health through sport and physical activity.
In addition, WHO is working with the United Nations (UN) and FIFA to support the #BeActive campaign, launched on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, and invite each and every one of us to stay #HealthyAtHome, while the whole world comes together to fight the COVID19 epidemic on a daily basis.
South Pole works with businesses and governments across the globe. They help realise deep decarbonisation pathways across industries, based on a thorough understanding of climate risks and opportunities in specific sectors, as well as the highest emission reduction standards.
South Pole purpose: Act today for a better tomorrow
Financing the goals of the Paris climate agreement calls for a fundamental shift in the global economy. South Pole success hinges on re-allocating capital at scale, unlocking substantial investments, being nimble and seizing opportunities.
South Pole vision: Climate action for all
The moral case for climate action is clear - failing to meet the climate and sustainable development challenge would push hundreds of millions of people into poverty, with devastating social and economic consequences globally. Moreover, millions of new green jobs are already being created through climate actions across sectors. Climate and human development are sides of the same coin. South Pole strives for a world where businesses, governments and communities make climate action the new normal.
South Pole mission: Accelerate the transition to a climate-smart society
Siouth Pole team of over 350 social entrepreneurs globally are developing innovative solutions tailored to the needs of specific organisations and entire sectors.
Among others, South Pole support FIFA, UEFA and FIA