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Four Sporting Events Championing Environmental Initiatives in 2024

In 2024, several major sporting events are making significant strides toward environmental sustainability. Euro 2024, scheduled for June, is the third-largest sporting event worldwide, and its organisers are committed to reducing the event's environmental impact. Their Environmental, Social, and Governance strategy focuses on six key areas: smart mobility, carbon management, advocacy, energy consumption, water consumption, the 4-R principle (reduce and reuse), and waste management.

This includes offering match ticket holders 36-hour public transport access, discounted long-distance train tickets, tournament carbon footprint measurements, reduction in floodlighting, use of renewable energy, grey water usage, minimal packaging, and vegan and vegetarian food options.

Wimbledon, taking place in July, attracts over 500,000 spectators annually and is dedicated to sustainability, reflecting its values of heritage, integrity, respect, and excellence. The organisers aim to achieve net zero emissions from operations and contribute to a net gain in biodiversity by 2030. Current measures include solar panels on clubhouses, LED lighting, electric lawnmowers, water refill points, and menus featuring seasonal British food. Additionally, used tennis balls are sold daily, with proceeds benefiting the Wimbledon Foundation, which supports various charities.

The Grand Prix in July is also prioritising sustainability. The event aims to achieve a net zero carbon footprint by 2030, encompassing net zero carbon race cars, low/zero carbon logistics, 100% renewable energy for offices and facilities, and credible CO2 offsets. By 2025, all races are expected to qualify as 'F1 sustainable spectacles,' using sustainable materials and ensuring all waste is reused, recycled, or composted. Fans are encouraged to travel sustainably, and efforts to increase biodiversity at circuits are underway to enhance the environment and improve air quality.

The Olympic Games in Paris, set for August, is the highlight of the summer sports calendar, with a strong focus on sustainability. Paris 2024 plans to use 95% existing or temporary infrastructure, aligning with the event's 'less' concept—fewer venues, less equipment, reduced single-use plastics, lower carbon emissions, and minimal resource usage. The 'better' aspect includes improved design of temporary infrastructure, better energy sourcing, support for local businesses, and adaptation to weather conditions. Post-Games, the Athletes’ Village will transform into a neighbourhood for over 12,000 residents, and efforts to clean the Seine River will create new bathing areas for the Paris Region.

These initiatives reflect a broader determination to prioritise environmental sustainability in the world of sports. This summer, spectators can enjoy these events knowing that they are contributing to significant positive environmental changes.


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