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Charter of eco-responsible commitments for major sporting events in France

14 June 2019Charter of eco-responsible commitments for major sporting events in France With the Charter of 15 eco-responsible commitments, environmental responsibility is now central to the specifications of the organisers of major international sporting events held in France. TweeterPartagerEnvoyer On 12 January 2017, the Ministry of Sport and WWF France launched the Charter of 15 eco-responsible commitments for major sporting events directed towards organisers. Since 11 June 2018, this Charter has also been open to managers of large French sports facilities. Today, the Minister of Sport, Roxana Maracineanu, welcomed 16 new signatories in addition to WWF France, who are committed to reducing the environmental impact of their events.

The Charter of 15 eco-responsible commitments for event organisers and facility managers confirms that environmental responsibility is henceforth central to the specifications of the organisers of major international sporting events held in France.

The priorities underpinning the Charter’s commitments include: responsible purchasing and food sourcing, waste recycling, control of water and energy consumption, sustainable mobility, preservation of biodiversity, accessibility, promotion of gender equality in positions of responsibility. Last week, the Charter was recognised by the UN Climate Secretariat as an effective tool for local climate action.

Among the 16 new signatories, who were present on 13 June 2019 alongside the Minister, are sports event organisers (Transat Jacques Vabre, Grande Course du Grand Paris, Nantes Marathon, Danone Nations Cup), professional clubs (LOSC, ASM Clermont Auvergne Rugby, Elan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez), federations (Gymnastics, Basketball, Golf and the French Sports and Cultural Federation) and sports facility managers (Groupe S-Pass for arenas, Arkose for climbing walls and Eiffage Concessions for the Pierre Mauroy Stadium).

Endowment funds and NGOs will also be present (Fondaction du Football, Action Contre la Faim and PLAY International).

To date, the Ministry of Sport and WWF France are proud to have nearly 70 event organisers and facility managers among the signatories, representing nearly 270 international and national events.

Recognising the exemplary role they can play and the responsibility of reducing their impact on the environment, the 16 new signatories have chosen to join this momentum and in turn sign the Charter of 15 eco-responsible commitments. Their commitments not only reflect the desire to improve the impact of their event or site, but also enable them, more broadly, to play a part in the development of sport that is sustainable, inclusive and virtuous.

With this in mind, the FIFA Women’s World Cup being held in France from 7 June to 7 July 2019 is fully in keeping with the Ministry of Sport’s proactive policy to promote sustainable development. This event not only serves as a showcase for France, but is also an opportunity for the Ministry of Sport to mobilise eco-responsible minds.

This common and collective approach, which is helping to transform the sports ecosystem into a more virtuous model, will be renewed in 2020 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille in line with the environmental excellence objectives of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


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