Munster Rugby has joined Bohemian FC and the Aviva Stadium as the first Irish sporting organisations to sign up to the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework.
A number of targets were set yesterday off the back of the COP26 Conference in Glashow at which world leraders gathered to make a bolder statement on acting to counter the threat of climate change.
These include reaching Net-Zero by 2040 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 at the latest.
All new and existing members of S4CA are called upon to adopt new goals under this Framework, which aims to gather sports organisations, teams, athletes, and fans in a concerted effort to set the pace for climate action and raise awareness on the urgency required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
It is a persuasive and effective way to reach different audiences and we carried the call from Olympic athletes in our Sport for Business Daily Video spot this week.
“We believe we can play a very positive role in the fight against global warming,” said Munster Rugby Chief Operating Officer Philip Quinn.
“With this in mind, we signed up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework last May and have been reviewing how we do things regarding our impact on the environment.”
“Since the redevelopment of Thomond Park in 2008, we have taken a lot of significant steps to reduce our emissions.”
“By working with our energy Partner, Pinergy, we have moved both Thomond Park and Musgrave Park to green energy.”
“We completed the installation of LED floodlights in Thomond Park earlier this summer, we also replaced all emergency lighting with LED bulbs and retrofitted waterless urinals in Thomond Park.”
“We are working very closely with our kit supplier, adidas, whereby over 75 per cent of our kit is made from recyclable material. Adidas are a global leader in that space so it is great to have their expertise to hand as their aim is to have 90 per cent of their products made from sustainable material by 2025.”
“We have further plans to replace the floodlights in Musgrave Park with LED lights next year and also, working again with Pinergy, we are looking to install solar panels on the roof of the stand in Musgrave Park.”
“We are in the process of measuring our carbon footprint right now and once that is complete we will be in a position to identify the exact measures that are required in order to align with the targets set out by the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, which is a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030 and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040.”
“We are also hopeful that by showing how seriously we take our environmental impact, we can drive climate awareness and action.”
“Four years since we launched the Sports for Climate Action Framework, more than 280 sports organisations have committed to the overarching objectives of aligning sport with the goals of the Paris Agreement,” added Patricia Espinosa, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary.
“The sector eagerly took up the challenge, but also told us that they want to do more and to do it faster. These organisations are now being challenged to reduce emissions 50 per cent by 2030 at the latest and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040.”
Signatories including the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees, FIFA, BBC Sport, Sky Sports, the Premier League, Formula 1 and Formula E.
Signatories commit to submitting plans to outline concrete actions that will be taken to implement 2030 targets as well as report on overall progress with commitments on an annual basis.
We know of a number of other Irish sporting organisations that are working towards adoptiuon of the framework and we will host a special event on this important subject in 2022.
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