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How do we win the match for "team sustainability” and organize eco-friendly sports events?

Updated: Apr 28

During the ICC World Cup 2023, each ODI match generated around 10–12 thousand kilograms of waste. 

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You will be surprised to know that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, held in India, saw an unprecedented turnout, with a massive 1,250,307 passionate fans flocking to the stadiums to witness the excitement of the matches up close.

Just looking at these statistics should demonstrate how many of us love watching sports in stadiums. Whether the match is an inter-school competition or an international championship, it leaves a carbon footprint. 

Travel, food waste, and plastic waste produced during these events have a significant environmental impact. While enjoying sports, sustainability should not be forgotten. 

Can you imagine a sun-kissed stadium, fueled by solar energy, where the presence of plastic is scarce? A stadium that provides ample ways for waste management. The water is thoughtfully procured for preparing those massive grounds. Brands and teams are encouraging sustainability amongst spectators.

Join us on a journey to discover how we can turn your imagination of sustainable sports events into a vibrant reality.

Why are eco-conscious sports events better?

Environmental Conservation

Green sports events have a lower environmental impact. During these events, various methods are used to reduce waste, save energy and water, and take other measures to minimize environmental damage.

Team Greenmyna suggests the spectators bring their water bottles; this could save thousands of bottles from going to landfills.

Public Awareness

Eco-friendly sports events are a great way to amplify the reach of sustainability and educate people. These practices can also inspire many to mend eco-friendly practices in their daily chores.

Economic Benefits

A lot of money and resources can be conserved through eco-friendly sports initiatives. Since the events are nearly zero-waste sports events, we can extract economic benefits from wet, dry, and plastic waste by using composting and recycling.

Coal-free energy alternatives can save millions of dollars for organizers and help the stadiums become environmentally clean.

For instance, in Finland, at the Helsinki International Horse Show, over 135 tonnes of manure collected from 4300 competing horses was used to generate 150 megawatt hours of electricity. 

Personal Fulfillment

Those who participate in or sponsor environmentally friendly sporting events may feel more fulfilled and purposeful. They are aware of the beneficial effects they are having on the environment. They are motivated by this emotion to continue participating and to promote sustainability in sports and other fields.

Legacy and Long-Term Impact

By making investments in environmentally friendly infrastructure, nurturing environmental awareness, and promoting a sustainable culture in the host communities, eco-friendly sporting events leave a positive legacy. 

These initiatives may have a long-term impact on future occurrences, laws, and public perceptions of environmental responsibility.

Key Components of Eco-Friendly Sports Events

Venue Selection and Management

Stadium sustainability is crucial if we want sporting events to be carbon-neutral. Stadiums that were already built must be transformed into sustainable ones. 

When designing new stadiums, we should adhere to green building standards such as LEED and incorporate these ideas into the layout of already existing stadiums.

Waste Management and Recycling Initiatives

Develop a thorough waste management strategy to reduce waste production and increase composting and recycling. 

Team Greenmyna suggests

  • Labeled Dustbins

  • Hoardings and Signs Encouraging Proper Waste Disposal

  • Steel/Biodegradable Cups at Water Stations

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 made strides in sustainability by partnering with Greenmyna, setting a new precedent for eco-friendly sporting events. Greenmyna's collaboration helped the tournament save an incredible 9000 thrown-away meals and effectively manage approximately 10–12 thousand kilograms of waste per match.

Water Conservation

Use water-efficient fixtures, collect rainwater for preparing the grounds, and put strategies in place to cut down on water waste during the event to minimize water usage. As opposed to using single-use plastic water bottles, encourage participants to use refillable bottles and set up water refill stations.

Sustainable Transportation

Encourage attendees and participants to cut down on their carbon footprint by using eco-friendly modes of transportation like walking, bicycling, carpooling, and public transportation to get to and from the event.

Promoting Eco-Friendly Practices

Embracing environmentally conscious techniques at sporting events is about more than just winning or scoring points; it's about improving the environment in the long run. There is a clear shift towards sustainability in events, from marathons to international competitions, and creative initiatives are driving this trend. 

Team Greenmyna organized a Green marathon

Consider the Limca Sportz Vizag Navy Marathon, which drew an incredible 18,172 runners eager to push themselves. Team Greenmyna, created a waste-friendly spectacle, managing approximately 1370 kg of diverse waste streams and showcasing their commitment to the environment. 

Case Studies of Successful Eco-Conscious Sports Events

FIFA World Cup 2022

In recent years, the FIFA World Cup—one of the biggest occasions in international football (soccer)—has placed a greater emphasis on sustainability. The FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022 was the first to be held following the international ISO 20121 standard for event sustainability management systems.

The 800 MW solar power plant set-up during the event, helped reduce emissions from the tournament and will continue to supply clean renewable energy in years to come.

FIFA World Cup 2022 stadiums are 42% more energy efficient than international benchmarks (ASHRAE 90.1).

The Tour de France

The Tour de France, one of the most prominent cycling competitions in the world, has made progress toward sustainability. Initiatives include encouraging spectators to adopt eco-friendly behaviors, encouraging cycling as a mode of transportation, and minimizing the race's environmental impact through waste reduction. 

The Wimbledon Championships

The Wimbledon Championships, one of the most renowned and oldest tennis competitions, has been working to improve its sustainability. The event's host, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), has put regulations in place to encourage spectators to take public transportation, recycle, and reduce their use of plastic waste. To preserve the famous grass courts, the AELTC has also made investments in sustainable practices and renewable energy sources.

The Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon, one of the world's oldest and most well-known annual running events, has prioritized sustainability in recent years. Organizers have implemented waste-reduction measures, such as providing recycling and composting stations along the route and encouraging participants to bring reusable water bottles. Efforts have also been made to reduce the event's carbon footprint by encouraging carpooling and utilizing environmentally friendly transportation options.

Emerging Technologies for Green Sports Events

Renewable Energy Integration

Sports venues are increasingly resorting to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric power. This includes installing solar panels and wind turbines, as well as implementing rainwater capture systems for long-term use.

Sustainable Transportation Solutions

Sports events are promoting EV charging stations, bike-sharing programs, and low-emission shuttle services. Encouraging spectators to use public transportation or carpooling helps reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions.

For example, companies like Zipcar and Car2Go are leading the way by providing electric cars for rent on a per-minute or per-hour basis.

Waste Reduction and Recycling Technologies

Advanced waste sorting systems, composting facilities, and biodegradable materials are being used to minimize the environmental impact of sporting events.

Water Conservation and Management

Sports venues are implementing water-saving technologies such as efficient irrigation systems and rainwater harvesting, as well as water-saving fixtures in restrooms.

Virtual and Augmented Reality Experiences

Innovations in virtual and augmented reality boost the fan experience while lowering the carbon footprint of travel by providing virtual attendance options and immersive VR experiences.

Join the movement now to build a greener future for sports! At Greenmyna, we can help you organize greener, more sustainable sporting events. Support eco-friendly initiatives, promote sustainability, and ensure that future generations can enjoy sports without harming the environment. Be part of the winning team for our environment!

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