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Carbon Fibre Circular Alliance

IOC / World Sailing, ITF, IBU and UCI

The forward-looking Carbon Fibre Circular Demonstration Project (Carbon Fibre Project) is a multi-sport collaboration that aims to work with sports equipment manufacturers and users on how to recover, transform and reuse carbon fibre from sporting goods components.
It is coordinated and managed by the World Sailing Trust (The Trust), the charitable organisation affiliated to World Sailing.

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Australian NOC climate plan

IOC / Australian NOC

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) became a signatory to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework in 2020, committing to reducing its emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2040.
In 2021, as it embarked on its sustainability journey, the AOC started its “Stage One – Establish a Baseline” project to help build its carbon baseline report and organisational readiness to move towards a more comprehensive climate strategy. On the one hand, it measured its 2019 baseline emissions and its 2020 emissions performance, identifying key opportunities for improvement.


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Athletics for a better world

IOC / World Athletics

World Athletics’ vision is to use the power and accessibility of athletics and its athletes to create a healthier and fitter world.
This sustainability vision is guided by the Athletics for a Better World (ABW) programme, which harnesses the commitment and energy of the worldwide athletics family to inspire lasting change across all segments of the sport and the society that embraces it. Propelled by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and united under a common brand, the ABW platform promotes all World Athletics projects that seek to use athletics as a tool for social, economic and environmental good.


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UCI Sustainability guidelines


As part of its commitment to uphold the five principles of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is aiming to make cycling one of the most sustainable sports in the world by increasing the positive environmental, social and economic impacts of its operations and activities.
As part of its strategy, the UCI published its Sustainability Guidelines to provide simple, practical and essential information on key aspects of sustainability for the sport of cycling.


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As part of its commitment to the goals of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework and the Race to Zero campaign, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) aims to reduce the carbon footprint of biathlon by 50% by 2030 and become net zero by 2040. Managing a sport’s carbon footprint requires measurements on various levels.
In an increasingly digital world, the carbon footprint of digital services is not insignificant but it is poorly understood. There is little information available about the environmental impact of technology and digital services in general, and sport is no exception.


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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) established planet and prosperity as two of the pillars of its Sustainability Strategy. These pillars set priorities to ensure the future of hockey through continuous sustainable innovation, which can generate more income and thus the growth of the sport. A ground-breaking initiative in this regard is “Big Stadium” Hockey: temporarily transforming existing venues normally used for other sports into hockey venues for international matches. In hockey, permanent artificial turf installation has typically been required to achieve the high-performance standards of elite-level competition, for example, ensuring that the surface is perfectly flat so that the ball runs true across it. However, the new capability to temporarily install artificial turf that is up to the required standards, and in just three days, has become a game-changing opportunity for the sport.


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NOC Sustainability Roadmap


The "As Sustainable As Possible" (ASAP) project was launched in 2020 as a three year mentorship programme on sustainability matters. Co-funded by the European Union and carried out in close cooperation with the IOC, the project had the goal for the “mentee” NOCs (Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary) to adopt guidelines, recommendations and best practices from the “mentor” NOCs (Germany, Denmark and Finland) in order to develop integrated sustainability strategies in their organisations.
The NOCs have been tracing and documenting their progress throughout the entire journey, in order to provide a roadmap with concrete actions and support other NOCs in the development of their own sustainability strategies.

After almost three years of intensive work in the framework of the project (and the many more years of efforts on sustainability in the case of the mentors), the ASAP team has great results to share and exchange with other sports organisations.


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World Rugby – Environmental Sustainability Plan 2030

IOC / World Rugby

With climate change affecting all aspects of society and impacting rugby communities around the world, World Rugby is taking the relevant steps to minimise negative impacts while adopting positive actions. The Environmental Sustainability Plan 2030 is a tangible roadmap for tackling environmental issues, setting out what World Rugby believes its sport can and should do to contribute to a more sustainable society.

All the commitments presented apply to World Rugby’s three spheres of responsibility: as an organisation (daily activities), as an owner of major events (Rugby World Cup, Rugby World Cup Sevens and other tournaments), and as part of its leadership role as the International Federation that governs, supports and looks to inspire its 132 national federations, six regional associations and other stakeholders from the international rugby family across the globe.

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Formula E – Care for the environment


Formula E is a single-seater electric car racing series and it holds FIA world championship status starting in 2020. Developed by FIA president Jean Todt and Spanish billionaire Alejandro Agag, who is also the current chairman of Formula E Holdings, the series aims to reduce the carbon-dioxide emissions within the racing industry.

Formula E represents an innovation in the motorsport industry, as they are the first electric street racing series.

Supporting Elements:

Airly partnered with Formula E over the course of the Berlin E-Prix weekend in August 2021.

Airly provided a number of air quality monitors to Formula E for their 2021 Berlin E-Prix. These monitors measured real time concentrations of particulate matter and gases (NO2 and O3).

These monitors were installed around Templehof Airport Street Circuit in a number of areas, in hospitality tents, in several of the garages for teams and around the track.

The data that the sensors collected was then fed to fans live via the Formula E app and around several screens which were located at the event in an effort to educate and engage fans.

Results and Benefits:

It highlighted the importance of mapping our air pollution and the necessity of monitoring in order to understand when pollution exceeds safe limits.

This formed part of Formula E’s wider ambitions to draw attention to air pollution and advance innovations in sustainability. It was also timed alongside the UN’s International Day of Clean Air. Electric vehicles, which are a core part of Formula E’s DNA, are a significant way to contribute to reducing air pollution.

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FIA Guidelines for sustainable events


The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) has introduced a practical guidebook which provides guidance and support to FIA stakeholders and members to increase their sustainability performance in delivering events.
The “FIA Introductory Guide for Sustainable Events” has been designed to provide event organisers with the technical support and guidance to identify simple and clear actions for improving their sustainability performance. The focus is on small actions that can lead to significant changes allowing for a practical approach that can be applied to events of all sizes.
The guidelines are also in close alignment with the requirements of the FIA’s Environmental Accreditation Programme.
The application of the guidelines is meant to lead the user to achieve a two-star level, the second of a three-tiered accreditation system.The guidelines are structured around six key impact areas:

  • Energy use. Including identifying the sources, measuring use and targeting.
  • Air Quality & Transport. Commonly considered the main source of emissions, the attention is centered on reductions and efficiency.
  • Waste Management. Focusing on reducing, reusing and recycle in order to build a successful waste management plan.
  • Water & Biodiversity. Providing access to fresh drinking water to participants and preventing any potential harm or disruption to natural habitats while protecting and educating on its importance.
  • Supply Chain. By recognising the power over the supply chain, organisers can align with suppliers and sponsors that follow the sustainable vision of the event.
  • Social Responsibility. Driving social and economic benefit to local and regional communities, involving its people, businesses and authorities.


  • The creation of guidelines for sustainable events can serve both externally and internally, guiding the organisation of all types of events in a more sustainable way.
  • Having a guide for sustainable events can serve as an entry point for more advanced programs, such as the FIA Accreditation programme, driving both awareness and practical action points.
  • FIA can share the environmental awareness in a user-friendly way which helps the FIA to fulfil its required goals and environmental targets.

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