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Influential Sports Organisations Come Together to Commit to Climate Action Framework

By  Matthew Campelli, Sport Sustainability Journal

The COP24 KATOWICE - United Nations Climage Change Conference in Poland

The COP24 KATOWICE – United Nations Climage Change Conference in Poland

The IOC, FIFA and World Sailing pledge to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 through UNFCCC framework.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FIFA are among a group of influential sporting organisations to commit to the goals of the Paris Agreement by signing the UNFCCC’s Sports for Climate Action Framework.

In signing the framework, organisations have pledged to aim for “climate neutrality” by 2050 and contribute to the overall target of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5℃.

Roland Garros, World Sailing, World Surf League and English football team Forest Green Rovers also made the commitment during the framework’s unveiling at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, as did the organising committees for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games in Tokyo and Paris respectively.

“Today we celebrate progress,” said Ovais Sarmad, UNFCCC deputy executive secretary. “Jointly, with the founding signatories we invite sports organisations, governing bodies, federations, and leagues and clubs to unite behind the set of important principles to get on track for the zero emissions economy by 2050.”

The framework has been positioned by the UNFCCC as an opportunity for the sports sector to become a climate leader by developing a common agenda. It has two objectives: 1. Achieve a “clear trajectory” for the global sports community to combat climate change, and; 2. Use sport to drive climate awareness “among global citizens”.

Read the full article here.

Get the Ball Rolling: Dow’s Blueprint for Unlocking Carbon Reductions

By Stephanie Erwin and Katie Ellman, GreenBiz

Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi, from Dow Chemical, talks about taking material science to the Olympics.

Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi, from Dow Chemical, talks about taking material science to the Olympics.

To date, Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions has delivered 3.64 million tons of CO2e reductions, and it’s on track to exceed 6 million tons by 2026. This unique partnership between Dow and the International Olympic Committee uses sport and the Olympic brand as platforms to demonstrate how science and technology can help the transition to a lower-carbon future.

The collaboration leverages Dow’s materials science expertise, technologies and science-based solutions to deliver climate benefits — and, in the process, to provide actionable lessons learned to organizations across sectors.

As global technology and sustainability director for Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions, improving the world through sport is more than an Olympic Movement philosophy, it’s a way of life for Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi. Piccolrovazzi helps to organize committees, bid cities, large-scale events, business partners and other key stakeholders address technology and sustainability-related needs with Dow solutions.

Bard MBA’s Stephanie Erwin spoke with Piccolrovazzi about how sports and the Olympics fit into Dow’s larger structure, business and strategy.

Stephanie Erwin: Most people don’t think of sustainability or sports when they think of Dow chemical. Your mission statement talks about creating innovation at the intersection of chemistry, biology and physics. How do sports and the Olympics fit into the organization’s strategy?

Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi: Dow is a world-leading materials science company. We often talk in very technical terms, and people sometimes struggle to understand what we do. This is really why we’ve embarked on a sports partnership — to help us communicate about our science and technologies, and to help them become more visible for consumers.

Read the full article here.

The GreenSportsBlog Interview: Matt Ellis, CEO of Measurabl — Helping Sports Teams Benchmark Their Environmental Impacts

By Lew Blaustein

Sports stadiums and arenas have been in the greening business for almost a decade, which is a great thing. But do venues and teams know how much energy they’re saving, how much waste they’re diverting from landfill, and more? You would think so but measurement of greening lagged actual greening. Until Matt Ellis and Measurabl came along. GreenSportsBlog talked with Matt, the company’s founder and CEO, to understand how he got into the sustainability measurement business, where sports fits in and…what happened to the last “e” at the end of Measurabl.


Measurabl’s CEO Matt Ellis (L) and business development executive Chase Cockerill at June’s Green Sports Alliance Summit in Atlanta (Photo source: GreenSportsBlog, Photo credit: Measurabl)

GreenSportsBlog: When thinking about Measurabl, this adage comes to mind: “What gets measured gets managed. And what gets managed matters.” How did you get into the sustainability measurement space and why the big move into sports?

Matt Ellis: Well, Lew, we have to go back to 2008 to get to the beginning of the story. I was working in real estate in the San Diego area — I’m a San Diego guy, went to UC San Diego undergrad and San Diego State for grad school, my family was in the real estate business. I was working for CBRE at the time…

GSB: …When the “econ-o-pocalpyse” hit…

ME: Exactly! My business was not that strong, to say the least. I had plenty of time on my hands, walking around town, looking for deals. I saw plenty of decals on buildings, decals like “LEED ” and “ENERGY STAR.” I started to ask “why?” I found out sustainability drives higher occupancy rates, higher quality tenants, and higher rents, among other positive outcomes. Not long after that, CBRE management asked me to start and run a sustainability practice group.

GSB: Was that in the San Diego area or national? How did it go?

ME: National. Despite the economic collapse, we were getting calls consistently from our clients who were interested in how they could leverage sustainability in their real estate portfolios. By 2010-11, we had started to offer RECs, offsets, and the first carbon neutral leases. Eventually I became CBRE’s Director of Sustainability Solutions. As all this was happening, I noticed our sustainability efforts lacked one key thing: data. We needed better measurement tools so we could learn what worked and what didn’t, sustainability-wise. We needed to be able to benchmark on a number of metrics so we could measure progress over time. Every time we looked at measurement, we were told it was too hard, too costly.

GSB: Did you accept that?

ME: Not at all. In fact, I started to ask this question: “Can we provide meaningful sustainability measurement tools?” That would be a big deal. As I investigated this question, I realized that a software solution is what was was needed. We needed to gather environmental, social and governance (ESG) data, create benchmarks for buildings and then be able to sort all of this data. The goal is to know how buildings perform in terms of energy usage, carbon footprint, materials, waste, environmental certifications and more. Convinced that an environmental benchmarking and measurement software platform was indeed doable and valuable, I left CBRE and incorporated Measurabl in 2013.

GSB: How did Measurabl do out of the gate?

ME: We’ve done well the last couple of years, providing environmental benchmarking and measurement software to real estate investment trusts (REITS), asset managers like Black Rock, property managers like CBRE, and corporations like VMware, among others. They’ve found great value in it.

Read the full interview.

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