16 January 2017

French sporting organisations sign landmark Charter

The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid Committee has joined 20 of the largest sporting events in France in a shared commitment to deliver environmentally responsible and sustainable sporting events with the signing of a national Charter.

The Charter was developed by the French Ministry of Sport in partnership with World Wildlife Fund France (WWF), a strategic partner of the Paris 2024 campaign.

It seeks to support the sustainable organisation of major sporting events in France, setting out 15 binding principles that organising committees must adhere to when planning, preparing and staging their events.

Objectives range from ensuring food is ethically sourced, to effective waste management and recycling, efficient water and energy consumption, a sustainable sourcing policy, maximising clean public transport and embracing eco-friendly innovation.

As part of these binding principles, they commit to reaching 50 per cent of responsible energy and they will have three years to implement these changes.

Thierry Braillard, Secretary of State for Sports, said: "Sport, through the values ​​it promotes, is an important component in the fight against climate change and should be utilised as a means to take concrete action to protect our environment. The success of this challenge requires the mobilisation of all civil society, local authorities and organisations."

In addition to its commitment to the Charter, The Paris 2024 campaign – thanks to its partnership with Groupe Caisse des Depots – also involves an ambitious carbon offsetting policy, making Paris 2024 the first carbon-neutral bid for the Olympic Games.

The campaign also hopes to secure the ISO 20121 international best practice certificate in sustainable event management.

Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 Co-Chair, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and three-time Olympic Gold Medallist, said: "The signing of this agreement is further proof of the commitment of the French sports community towards sustainable development and our desire to contribute to the collective global movement to safeguard the environment”.

The full list of signatory organisations is:

  • Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Bid
  • Roland Garros
  • National Rugby League of France
  • 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
  • 2017 Men's World Handball Championships
  • European Women's Handball Championship 2018
  • French Open Badminton
  • Formula E Grand Prix
  • 2017 Ice Hockey World Championships
  • 2017 World Surfing Games 2017
  • Tour de France
  • Eco-Trail de Paris
  • Schneider Electric Paris Marathon
  • Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO)
  • IAAF 2017 Diamond League meeting in Paris
  • GayGames 2018
  • 2017 World Wrestling Championships
  • Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc
  • World Championship of Water Skiing 2017
  • 2017 Canoe Slalom World Championships
  • Bid Committee for the organisation of the 2023 FIS Ski World Championships

Hear more on this topic at Sustainable Innovation in Sport – a two day meeting bringing together stakeholders and influencers who are engendering positive environmental impacts through sport, on the 22-23 February 2017.  For more information and to register, visit the website by clicking here

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