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US Life Cycle Inventory

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its partners created the U.S. Life Cycle Inventory (USLCI) Database to help life cycle assessment practitioners answer questions about environmental impact.

The USLCI database provides individual gate-to-gate, cradle-to-gate, and cradle-to-grave accounting of the energy and material flows into and out of the environment that are associated with producing a material, component, or assembly in the U.S.

The U.S. Life Cycle Inventory (USLCI) Database is a publicly available database that allows users to objectively review and compare analysis results that are based on similar data collection and analysis methods.

Finding consistent and transparent life cycle inventory data for life cycle assessments is difficult. NREL works with life cycle assessment experts to develop a consistent and transparent life cycle inventory data for life cycle assessment, by providing a central source of critically reviewed life cycle inventory data through its USLCI Database Project. NREL's USLCI management team worked closely with government stakeholders, and industry partners to develop the database.

The USLCI Database Project was initiated on May 1, 2001, and gained national prominence at a meeting of interests hosted by the Ford Motor Company. Funding agencies and representatives of industrial, academic, and consulting communities voiced strong support for the project. As a result, an advisory group with 45 representatives from manufacturing, government, and non-government organizations, as well as life cycle assessment experts, worked together to create the U.S. LCI Database Project Development

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Ecoinvent Database


Ecoinvent is one of the world's most consistent & transparent life cycle inventory database.
Ecoinvent is a not-for-profit association founded by Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (eg. ETH Zurich, EPF Lausanne) and by Agroscope (Swiss Institute for Sustainability Science).

With more than 1,000 updated datasets,the ecoinvent Database is trusted by more than 3'000 organisations worldwide, ranging from multinational corporations to leading universities.

Ecoinvent Database is recommended by the International Olympic Committee.

The access to Ecoinvent database and a set of reports is free of charge. The acess to the latest report and supporting documents for enhanced analytic functions requires a licence.

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World Athletics makes commitment to a cleaner, greener, more equitable world

World Athletics

World Athletics (WA) is the global governing body for the sport of Athletics. Today World Athletics encompasses track and field, race walking, road running, cross-country, mountain and trail running. Boasting 214 national Member Federations, World Athletics has significant global reach, and is responsible for the worldwide development of the sport of athletics. World Athletics is committed to ensuring that its athletics events, which are held all over the world, and its headquarters, based in Monaco, are fully aligned to the principles of sustainability. This is in recognition of the growing environmental challenges that the world faces today, specifically air pollution, climate change and our overconsumption of resources. Those, coupled with a lack of global equality and diversity, create an environmental and social impact that poses a serious threat to the quality of our lives and communities. Sustainability within athletics is defined as driving the practices and behaviours of all individuals and organisations developing the sport in such a way that it:

  • accounts for the needs of future generations;
  • provides a fair and level sporting platform based on sound ethical principles;
  • actively involves interested parties and is open about decisions and activities; and
  • ensures actions take a balanced approach to their social, economic and environmental impact
In April 2020, World Athletics announced its Sustainability Strategy, whose central goal is to make the organisation carbon neutral by 2030. The ten-year strategy is designed to deliver tangible benefits across the three pillars of sustainability - environmental, social and economic - by using the power of sport and athletics to create a better world for communities. The strategy includes a broad commitment to embrace sustainability principles and practices within its operations, its Member Federations and the organisation of future World Athletics Series events. The key benefits of the strategy include:
  • better management of the sport’s social and environmental risk factors;
  • identification of opportunities benefitting the sport and engaging a wider group of stakeholders;
  • more efficient use of resources delivering lower operating costs enabling greater investment in the sport; and
  • wider activation platform for partnerships to bringing significant economic, social and environmental benefits to local communities.
Components of the Sustainability Strategy include a plan to reduce World Athletics’ carbon output by 10 percent each year, a switch to 100 percent renewable energy at its headquarters by the end of 2020, the introduction of a sustainable procurement code and travel policy and to develop best practice guides for its 214 Member Federations and its event organisers. The strategy is divided into six pillars, each of which contain actions and targets for the organisation to pursue:
  • leadership in sustainability;
  • sustainable production and consumption;
  • climate change and carbon;
  • local environment and air quality;
  • global equality; and
  • diversity, accessibility and wellbeing.

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International Rafting Federation – Sustainability ideas for rafting event organisers

IRF (International Rafting Federation)

This guide is a continually growing list of practical ideas for event organisers to take on.

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International Rafting Federation – Sustainability ideas for operators, instructors, guides and recreational rafters

IRF (International Rafting Federation)

This guide includes a continually growing list of practical ideas to be taken on operators, instructors, guides and recreational rafters.

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International Rafting Federation – Practical Guide to Sustainability

IRF (International Rafting Federation)

In January 2021, the international Rafting Federation launched a series of practical guides to help rafters across the globe undertake a more sustainable approach to rafting.

The first guide is a “living” document which will be evaluated and revised on a regular basis, in response to changes in technology and the understanding of the significance of environmental sustainability in the sphere of rafting.

Content include:

A. Our commitment to Sustainability
B. Sustainability in all Rafting
C. Sustainability in Recreational Rafting, Racing and Guiding
D. Sustainability in Rafting Events
E. As an Athlete - what can I do?
F. Notes
G. Resources

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The football executive’s guide to sustainability strategy

The Sustainability Report

The Sustainability Report publishes our first white paper in collaboration with Touchline to explore the elements of a good sustainability strategy for football clubs, leagues and tournaments

Like so many sectors, the football industry was devastatingly exposed by the coronavirus pandemic. While most of the top European leagues and tournaments managed to navigate towards a conclusion, there was a peculiar and disconcerting feeling to it all.

And while many in the game will be hopeful that solutions will be found to the public health crisis and, in the short-term, bringing people back into stadiums safely, what’s happening now could be the tip of the iceberg.

Climate change and its impacts have the potential to impact football – both grassroots and professional – in an even more negative and profound way. A piece of research conducted by renowned journalist David Goldblatt and the Rapid Transition Alliance found that, in England alone, a quarter of its 92 professional league clubs could be affected by flooding every season.

Sustainability is a growing topic of interest within the world of football, but being sustainable is not just about managing risks like climate change – it’s about building a vision that captures value. It’s about strengthening relationships with fans. Becoming more efficient. And improving your brand and reputation.

Together with Touchline – our parent company and agency that specialises in sport, sustainability and reporting – we’ve put together ‘The football executive’s guide to sustainability strategy’ to help those in the football industry who want to get started with sustainability, but don’t know where to begin.

The guide explores how a football organisation can capture value through sustainability, and also how you can build your vision and align sustainability objectives with stakeholder priorities and international standards. We’ve reflected on some of the latest research in this area, and captured the experiences of some of the most renowned sustainability professionals in football, including:

– Patrick Gasser, UEFA’s head of football and social responsibility

– Bodour Al Meer, environment and sustainability senior manager for the Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy (Qatar 2022)

– Orjan Lundberg, sustainability expert for the Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy (Qatar 2022)

– Nico Briskorn, VfL Wolsburg’s head of corporate responsibility

– Andrea Maschietto, Juventus’ sustainability and external relations manager

Get your guide here.

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IBU Sustainability Policy

IBU (International Biathlon Union)

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) launched its Sustainability Policy on October 12, 2020. This Policy provides the roadmap for the federation’s ten-year Sustainability Strategy 2020-2030 and outlines how the IBU will honour its commitment to establishing biathlon as a leader in promoting and upholding the highest standards of sustainability in sport.

The Policy builds on the work the IBU begun with the approval of its strategic plan Target 26 and demonstrates the IBU’s ambitions by going beyond minimum requirements and setting an example that will influence change across the world of sport.

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FIFA’s Human Rights Policy


FIFA recognises its obligation to uphold the inherent dignity and equal rights of everyone affected by its activities. This responsibility is enshrined in article 3 of the FIFA Statutes, according to which: FIFA is committed to respecting all internationally recognised human rights and shall strive to promote the protection of these rights.

This human rights policy specifies FIFA’s statutory human rights commitment and outlines FIFA’s approach to its implementation in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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Green Event Action Plan

IRF (International Rafting Federation)

The IRF’s aim is to ensure the sport of rafting is sustainable. To achieve this goal, each event should monitor and take appropriate actions to limit the impact on the environment.
Events have an impact on the environment through:

  • direct resources (electricity, water, food, etc);
  • indirect (consumption of energy and creation of Co2 related to transport to the events, etc);
  • the waste created immediately and on the longer term (dishes, equipment’s, paper, etc

All these elements compose the ecological footprint of an event. Environmental considerations have to be taken into account before, during, and after the events.

Before the event: Most of the ecological footprint reduction can be completed through good planning from the very beginning as that is when you set in stone the overall framework of the event.

During the event: During the event, the organizers need to make sure that the strategies agreed with the venues’ managers and other stakeholders are properly implemented. They will also need to assist attendees and participants in their own individual efforts to contribute to the event’s ecological footprint reduction.

After the event: Organizers will communicate the results to relevant people (venue’s managers, participants, etc).

It is important to take advantage of the efforts put into these event to spread the message that organizing greener events is possible.

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