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September 11, 2021
News / Interviews

A first for sailing as France SailGP Team partner Musto manufacture sustainable wetsuit with aqua-based glue and recycled plastic

SailGP’s purpose-driven agenda has seen the global championship and its teams partner with companies which share our vision and drive for a better planet. […]

Source: SailGP
Climate Action
September 10, 2021
News / Interviews

AS ROMA to wear UNHCR patch in support of people of Afghanistan

AS Roma players will wear a special shirt during Sunday’s Serie A meeting against Sassuolo, to show support and provide assistance to the people […]

Source: AS Roma
Gender EqualityPeace and JusticeReduced Inequalities
Case Studies

FIA Guidelines for sustainable events

IOC / FIA

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.

BENEFITS

  • 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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Climate ActionDecent Work and Economic GrowthInnovation and InfrastructureLife Below WaterLife on LandResponsible ConsumptionSustainable Cities and Communities
Organisation / Experts

Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies

Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSA) is an Italian Public University located in Pisa (Italy), operating in the field of applied sciences. It comprises six Institutes (Biorobotics; Management; Law, Politics and Development; Life Sciences; Economics; Communication, Information and Perception Technologies). The Institute of Management has the broad mission of contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the field of managerial studies, educating managers for private and public organizations and generating a positive impact on the business environment and on society as a whole. It is active in three main research areas: Innovation, Sustainability and Health.


The Sustainability Management Laboratory (SuM) combines knowledge of business management and policy making with the principles of sustainability, through scientific research and empirical investigation in the following areas: Environmental Management and Industrial Symbiosis; Energy and Resource Efficiency; Circular Economy and Natural Capital; Sustainable Products, Life-Cycle Thinking and Green Marketing; CSR and Accountability; Climate Change and Disaster management.

The SuM research team has a high level of skills on technical analysis, socio-economic analysis, policy and regulation, management and training for the promotion of sustainability in both private and public organizations. Our expertise includes:

Corporate Environmental Management, Life-Cycle Management (LCA, LCC), Economics and Management of Voluntary Certification Schemes, Environmental Innovation and Competitiveness, Sustainable marketing, Environmental reporting, Stakeholder engagement, Environmental Innovation and green technologies assessment, Green Public Procurement, CSR, Health & Safety Management, Environmental economics, Public policies for Sustainable Local Development, Sport Sustainability Management.

The SSSA is involved in a series of programs related to Sport and Sustainability. It includes

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Climate ActionLife Below WaterLife on Land
Case Studies

ERASMUS+ SPORT GOALS

GOALS is a project funded by EU Commission through the ERASMUS+ Sport Programme, that aims at improving the environmental governance in football organizations.

The project is aimed primarily at women and youth football teams with the aim of improving the environmental impact of clubs and football matches. GOALS aims to increase their environmental awareness and promote the adoption of more environmentally friendly behaviors. The project also intends to strengthen cooperation between institutions and sport organizations boosting the adoption and the implementation of environmental governance actions.

To these ends, GOALS will develop organizational tools for the three National Football Associations involved - Romanian, Portuguese and Kosovar - to improve their environmental governance. The project also focuses on operational governance through the involvement of at least 9 grassroots football clubs, 3 for each of the countries involved. In addition to the calculation of the environmental footprint of the clubs participating in the project, GOALS will provide an intuitive online tool to support football organizations in the calculation of their Environmental Footprint applying the European methodology on footprint (Recommendation 2013/179 / EU).

The project is coordinated by Sant’ Anna School of Advanced Studies, that has extensive experience in environmental management activities and environmental footprint assessment.

The project Consortium includes, in addition to the three participating Federations, Real Betis Balompié - the professional team of the Spanish Lega - and the international association ESSMA (European Stadium & Safety Management Association). This network comprises over 350 members that will contribute through communication, networking and replication activities, dissemination of project outputs and stakeholders’ engagement from the European world of football. Moreover, GOALS is supported by UEFA and by the Football Association of Ireland.

Project partners: Portugal Football Federation (FPF)Real Betis Balompié Foundation, Romanian Football Federation (FRF), Football Federation of Kosovo (FFK), European Stadium & Safety Management Association (ESSMA)

Project duration: 01.01.2021 to 30.06.2023

Climate ActionLife Below WaterLife on Land
Case Studies

IBU Sustainability Strategy

IOC / IBU

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has introduced the IBU’s Sustainability Strategy with a bold plan to balance the social, economic and environmental impact of the sport of biathlon. The Strategy follows a profound process which began following the approval of the new IBU Constitution and strategic plan called “Target 26” in October 2019.
The new strategy triggered a process for future proofing and progressing the sport recognising sustainability as a key priority in Target 26 and climate change as direct and urgent threat to the sport of Biathlon.
In the interest of maximising stakeholder buy-in through the process, IBU involved all key stakeholders in this strategic process including the National Federations (NFs), staff, athletes, organising committees, commercial partners, media, and fans. This is also in line with ISO 20121 standard’s core requirements for sustainable management, which the IBU aspires to follow.
The IBU’s Sustainability Strategy was designed around five focus areas:

  • Climate. IBU has committed to reduce its footprint 45% and become climate neutral by 2030 and climate positive by 2034, covering both IBU as an organisation and its own events. The main areas considered are travel and transport, energy consumption, food & beverage and snow management.
  • Venue & Event. Biathlon venues and events are to have a long-term positive impact on their communities considering all activities and including the ban of single-use plastics and ensuring that all waste is re-used, recycled or composted.
  • Sport. Ensure the sport has a minimal impact on the environment in particular to air, water and soil. This comprises, among others, a ban on chemical substances (such as the recent ban on fluorinated wax), minimising the use of resources on snow management, efficient uses of energy and keeping up with latest developments in salting and equipment.
  • People. Leading by example on the forefront of better governance standards including gender equality and diversity. By focusing on structural strategies, IBU aims at making biathlon a youth and mass participation sport, mass participation, sport that includes and supports athletes at every level from grassroots to those who wish to combine the sport with a career.
  • Communication and Awareness.
    Amplifying the message by advocating for climate action and supporting sustainable development both within the sport and all other winter sports.
    The IBU is determined to take a strong stance on making Biathlon an increasingly balanced and conscious sport on their impact on climate change, communities in which it operates its games, and its people.

BENEFITS

  • By having a clear and thorough sustainability strategy, a federation can define the vision and align all stakeholders across its spheres of influence.
  • The definition of what sustainability means to an organisation cannot be taken for granted. By establishing at an organisational level what is encompassed within that concept allows for a clear path for better planning and execution.
  • The inclusion of all stakeholders in the making of the strategy aligns the goals and can lead to a stronger long-term buy-in.

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Affordable and Clean EnergyClean Water and SanitationClimate ActionGender EqualityGood HealthLife on LandPartnerships for the GoalsQuality EducationReduced InequalitiesResponsible Consumption
September 7, 2021
News / Interviews

International Day of Clean air for blue skies

The 2021 theme for the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is “Healthy Air, Healthy Planet” which emphasizes the health aspects of air pollution, […]

Climate ActionLife on Land
September 7, 2021
News / Interviews

International Day of Clean Air for blue skies: Formula E’s race for clean air

The UN’s International Day of Clean Air for blue skies emphasises that more must be done to improve air quality and reduce air pollution […]

Source: Formula E
Climate ActionLife on Land
September 6, 2021
News / Interviews

Club and Sky to make Chelsea fixture the world’s first net zero carbon major football match, ahead of COP26

Tottenham Hotspur has partnered with Sky to host the world’s first net zero carbon football game at an elite level. The 19 September fixture […]

Climate Action
Events

UCI Mobility & Bike City Forum

October 26, 2021 - October 27, 2021
Organiser:
UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale)

The UCI Mobility and Bike City Forum annually brings together cycling leaders, advocates, mobility experts, National Federations, industry representatives and policy makers to exchange on the future of active mobility.

The 2021 UCI Mobility & Bike City Forum will be hosted with Destination Fyn at the ODEON in Odense (Denmark) on 26-27 October 2021.  

With inspiring keynote speeches to be delivered by Chris Boardman and Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, the two days of learning and exchange will feature numerous examples of best practice shared by cycling experts from around the globe. 

• Tuesday 26 October: Conference day focused on the following themes: 

  • Sport, tourism and socio-economic impact
  • Infrastructures and urban planning
  • Sustainability and climate change 
  • Tools for safe and inclusive cycling promotion 

• Wednesday 27 October: Bike tours of local infrastructures and cycling initiatives in UCI Bike Region Fyn and workshop for UCI Bike Cities & Regions. 

Registration and programme

To register, please follow this link: https://forms.office.com/r/J5vLWqEZ5Y

  • The complete programme can be accessed here
  • The detailed Forum brochure can be accessed here (to be published in September 2021). 

Logistics

While registration is free of charge, participants must organise and pay for their own travel and accommodation. Special room rates are available for all participants at the Comwell H.C. Andersen Hotel. 

For more information regarding Odense, the event venue, accommodation, transport and overall logistics, please consult the following document

For any questions regarding the Forum, please contact cyclingforall@uci.ch.

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