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By Ben Ainslie

Land Rover BAR's T3 flies along during summer training. (L-R) Bowman - Matt Cornwell, Grinder - Nick Hutton, Grinder - Ed Powys, Grinder - Xabier Fernandez, Wing Trimmer, Bleddyn Mon, Skipper - Ben Ainslie. (c) Harry KH/Land Rover BAR

The world gathered in Morocco recently for COP22, the first meeting since the Paris Agreement – the first truly global and binding agreement on climate change with implications for the global economy and businesses everywhere.

I thought I had a reasonably good understanding of the environmental and global issues surrounding climate change. But after a recent visit to the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and the British Antarctic Survey with my team Land Rover BAR and some of our Partners, it has all become a lot more immediate, more frightening and obvious that the need for action is urgent.

We spent two days at the University of Cambridge for a programme of talks and meetings called Inspiring Sustainability through Partnership. It was sponsored by our Sustainability Partner 11th Hour Racing, co-founded by Wendy Schmidt, and delivered by CISL.

The scariest thing that resonated the most with me was the impact that climate change will have on the next generation. In the last 30 years climate change has accelerated and we have lost the equivalent of a third of the size of Europe in Arctic sea ice. The impact of this change is an infrastructure breakdown in some parts of the world, with increased conflict and migration as people are displaced in their efforts to survive; and agriculture and food supply are lost through extreme weather events, such as huge droughts or severe flooding.

We have already seen a one degree global temperature rise since pre-industrial levels. I’ve got a 3-month old daughter and if we continue to do nothing then in her lifetime she will see a further three degree global increase. It will lead to a sea level rise of almost a metre and potential loss of over 24 per cent of the mammals and half of the plant species currently on the planet.

In that scenario we can anticipate massive disruption to society as individuals and nations struggle for the resources – water, food, energy – required to survive.

Read the full post here.

Pac-12 to Host First Conference-Wide College Sports Sustainability Summit

Announcement Part of White House OSTP Call to Action To Tackle Climate Through Sports

SAN FRANCISCO – Today as part of a series of announcements made by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on sports and sustainability, the Pac-12 Conference, alongside its member universities, pledged to take a leadership position in promoting sustainability through sports.

In an effort to influence conferences and universities around the country on this important issue, the Pac-12 will host the first conference-wide college sports sustainability summit in June 2017 in Sacramento, Calif. as part of the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit. This event will convene sustainability officers from across the conference to design new collective initiatives and share best practices to transform college sports into a platform for environmental progress.

“Our member universities and athletics departments are national leaders in minimizing their impact on the environment,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “In hosting this summit, we look forward to convening an esteemed group of experts to design new initiatives and share best practices to enhance our collective efforts.”

The pledge was part of a larger push to use sports to address climate change. Earlier this year, the OSTP put out a call to action to capture new commitments and actions that leagues, teams, and organizations were taking in the climate space. Today’s announcement by the OSTP featured the Pac-12’s commitment along with other organizations’ pledges to minimize the environmental impact of their footprint and increase their response to counter the impact of climate change.

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AEG Adopts Science-Based 2020 Environmental Goal for GHG Emissions Reduction

Company releases 2016 Sustainability Report

Los Angeles, CA (October 11, 2016) –  At SXSW Eco, John Marler, Senior Director, Energy and Environment for AEG, today announced that AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, has adopted a new science-based goal to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and that the company has released its 2016 AEG Sustainability Report.


The announcement underscores AEG’s continued commitment to reducing GHG emissions and its environmental footprint.  Overall, the company has reduced annual GHG emissions by 13% at sites that have been in its portfolio since 2010 — the equivalent of taking 3,200 vehicles off the road.

In its 2016 sustainability report, AEG outlined its progress towards the company’s new set of 2020 Environmental Goals that are based on performance metrics collected from its worldwide venues, festivals and offices.  The new goals will help ensure AEG is making meaningful and measurable reductions to its environmental footprint.

The company’s 2020 goals are as follows:

  • Reduce GHG emissions across all operations by 3.2% per year from 2010 to 2020. This new science-based GHG goal ensures emissions reductions are aligned with recommendations made by the scientific community to keep global temperatures from increasing more than 2 degrees Celsius and will ensure that AEG is doing its part to help avoid the worst of climate change.
  • Reduce potable water use at water-stressed sites by 2.3% per year from 2010 to 2020.  The new water target focuses potable water conservation efforts on sites in “water-stressed” regions as identified by the World Resources Institute.
  • Divert 70% of waste from landfill across all operations by 2020. AEG surpassed its original waste diversion goal of 25% several years ago. Its new 70% target will help AEG move closer to its long-term vision of zero waste.

Read the full press release or view the AEG 2016 Sustainability Report.