The transition to sustainable sport is gaining momentum as more National Olympic Committees and International Federations take steps to address environmental, economic and social issues within their organizations.
By offering new work practices, sustainable innovations and effective partnership, they strive to inspire others to follow their example and accelerate the transition to sustainable sport.
Marie Sallois, IOC Corporate and Sustainable Development Director, said the Olympic movement is becoming a driving force for sustainability in global sport.
“Five years ago, we asked you if you were interested in embarking on a sustainable journey with us”, she said. “Your response to this invitation has far exceeded our expectations”.
Environmental initiatives were presented that show the growing role of partnership between the public and private sectors, as well as international organizations.
For example, before the Olympic Games 2024 in Paris, the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) of France signed up to 15 commitments on environmental responsibility. This allows Sports Federations to conduct sustainable activities.
Meanwhile, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) has launched an online carbon footprint tool specifically tailored for motor sports.
As for the gender issue, the World Rugby Federation has launched a strategy to position itself as a global leader in gender equality – by 2025, women will have the same opportunities on and off the field to participate at all levels of rugby.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) showcased how its UCI Bike City / Region label has encouraged cities and regions to make bicycles accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.
Martin Helseth, Norwegian Olympic sculler and Clean Seas Ambassador, spoke about his campaign to control ocean pollution. After showing photographs of the huge amount of rubbish covering the ocean floor, he stressed that in today’s world athletes need to combine their love of sports with concern for the environment.
Furthermore, at a special meeting of heads of sports communities, new guidelines were presented to help city officials and sports communities take into account the issues of nature when planning.
“Despite the impressive progress made so far in the Olympic movement, more urgent action is required, especially today, when we are full of uncertainty. We hold the future of sport in our hands”, Marie Sallois said.