The ATP has this month change into a signatory of UN Sports activities for Local weather Motion (UNSCA), setting bold sustainability targets for males’s skilled tennis. The announcement is available in parallel with the COP 26 summit in Glasgow, and the rollout of a complete new technique developed underneath ATP Serves to speed up and align sustainability efforts throughout the Tour.
The UNSCA, a significant worldwide framework that counts over 250 rights holders and governing our bodies as signatories, aligns the sports activities business in working in direction of the <2°C warming goal set within the Paris Settlement. As a signatory, the ATP has adopted the framework’s two world targets: reaching a 50 per cent discount in greenhouse gasoline emissions, by 2030, and Web Zero emissions, by 2040. ATP shall be answerable for monitoring and reporting key sustainability knowledge over the interval and can participate in common working group periods with different members.
To attain the targets set out by UNSCA, the ATP has been growing a complete sustainability technique over the previous 18 months. Created in collaboration with UK-based sustainability consultants Jonathan Smith, Amanda Curtis and Kate Chapman, it units a long-term agenda for the game to change into a showcase for environmental accountability and optimistic impression. It goals to cut back the impression of ATP’s operations and construct on sustainability initiatives on the Nitto ATP Finals.
The technique positions environmental sustainability as a key pillar of ATP Serves, an umbrella of recent purpose-led initiatives, alongside psychological well being and organisational tradition. Sustainability technique rollout has lower throughout varied initiatives up to now, together with agenda setting, employees journey and workplaces, ATP season-ending occasions and improvement of participant and match toolkits. ATP has additionally established a brand new strategic partnership with Gold Customary, an award-winning certification commonplace for local weather change mitigation tasks primarily based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Massimo Calvelli, ATP CEO stated: “As a Tour we exist to encourage the world on the tennis court docket and serve past it. We’re dedicated to delivering optimistic impression on the worldwide stage and have been moved by the rising concern across the wellbeing of our planet. We all know we can’t be distanced from serving to to seek out options. This is the reason we’re proud to roll out our new sustainability technique and to change into a part of UNSCA, setting a transparent agenda and impressive targets for our sport for the approaching years. This shall be a long-term journey and, with everybody pulling collectively, we hope to make a optimistic impression and encourage our group.”
Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, Sector Engagement Lead at UN Local weather Change added: “We welcome the ATP into the UN Local weather Change Sports activities for Local weather Motion and commend them for signing as much as such bold local weather motion targets. We’re additionally delighted to see how they’re utilizing their attain and affect to help and have interaction others on wider social and environmental points.”
For a full overview of the ATP Serves Sustainability technique, click here.