World Sailing’s Sustainability Commission have taken the first steps to creating a ‘Sustainability Agenda 2030’ following their first meeting in London, Great Britain from 29-30 August 2017.
The leading group of experts, chaired by Mike Golding OBE, were appointed to the commission in June 2017 – click here to read more on the members. The meeting at World Sailing’s Executive Office brought the group together for the first time to discuss key issues relating to sustainability within sailing.
Discussions and presentations were received on the circular economy, ocean plastics, boat and equipment construction, event logistics, embodied carbon, vessel strikes of marine fauna, accessibility, gender equality, and supply chains.
The Commission, made up of members with scientific, sporting and sailing backgrounds, discussed where World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, can make change and influence the industry. Rules changes and phased implementation were highlighted as two feasible areas of influence.
The result of the discussion was to create a ‘Sustainability Agenda 2030’ whereby a vision for key objectives for the sport to be achieved by 2030 were discussed prioritised and documented.
These vary between event standards, water quality standards, technical standards, research, training, equality targets, reporting and partnerships.
World Sailing will present its ‘Sustainability Agenda 2030’ to the World Sailing Council for adoption at the World Sailing Annual Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in November 2017.
Furthermore, working with key stakeholders and members, World Sailing plans to create a central resource base which will showcase sustainability related tools, documents and information that is accessible to a global audience.