Sustainability in Sport: How Governing Bodies Are Making Their Sports Greener
Across the sporting spectrum, governing bodies are now making a conscious effort to make their sports more eco-friendly. They are seeking to establish green standards among sports clubs, they are using the massive platform of sport to spread the message about sustainability, and they are working alongside technology providers to ensure that sports events no longer damage the environment.
This call for sustainability in sport is a massive step forward in the fight against global warming. To find out what different sports are doing specifically to operate in a far greener manner, be sure to read on.
Over the past number of years, horse racing has taken massive strides forward in its bid to reduce its carbon footprint and become a greener pastime. Horse racing venues, in particular, have stepped up to the plate massively in this instance, particularly when it comes to the challenge of minimising wastage. Royal Ascot is just one venue that is playing its part in this sense — the Ascot governing body has recently announced that they recycled nearly 550 tons of waste in just one year. On top of the work done by venues, horse owners are now actively finding ways to , which means that horse racing is becoming greener across the board.
Soccer is going green, which is massive news considering the worldwide size and scale of this sport.
The establishment of eco-friendly standards in soccer has been particularly prevalent in England. Here are just a few of the things that England’s leading Premier League teams are now doing to help the environment:
Manchester City have created wildlife corridors that provide shelter for birds, butterflies, moths, and bats.
Liverpool have banned the use of single-use plastic food packing in their stadium and training centre.
Tottenham Hotspur have fitted a ‘green roof’ which enables them to re-harvest rainwater.
Arsenal have recently switched to renewable energy and even gone as far as to install a battery storage system that is capable of powering their stadium for the duration of a whole match.
Manchester United have worked hard to reduce their annual carbon emissions by over 2,000 tonnes.
Newcastle United have declared themselves to be the first ‘carbon positive’ soccer team and regularly make an effort to plant new trees in their local area.
Basketball is another sport that is making a conscious effort to go green. It’s leading governing body, the National Basketball Association (NBA), has in recent times. On top of this, the NBA has gone out of its way to run ‘Green Weeks’ in its past couple of seasons. During these weeks, famous basketball players partake in a number of initiatives in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers of climate change.