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World Sailing is committed to the United Nations “Race To Zero” campaign

World Sailing is committed to the United Nations “Race To Zero” campaign

by World Sailing Nov 5, 2021 11:42 PM PDT

World Sailing joins sports organizations around the world in committing to the United Nations “Race To Zero” campaign © World Sailing

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Sailing joins thousands of people around the world in pledging to be net zero by 2050, aligning sport with the goals of the Paris Agreement and accelerating efforts to tackle climate change .

Continuing its commitment to play a leading role in sustainability and reducing emissions in sport, World Sailing has signed up to “Race To Zero”, the global campaign to reduce emissions to zero led by the Convention United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

World Sailing was one of the founders of the United Nations Sport for Climate Action Framework and has worked diligently to achieve the climate goals of its 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. In close collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), more than 280 sports federations, including FIFA, IBU, Formula E and the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee have committed to reporting on their climate impact and an emissions reduction strategy in line with the new targets set by the UN’s Sports for Climate Action framework.

Quanhai Li, President of World Sailing, said: “World Sailing is proud to stand with the United Nations, the IOC, our partners and organizations around the world to take decisive action against climate change. We have made positive progress towards clear objectives in all areas. aspects of the sport with our own sustainability goals and internal studies to determine our carbon footprint and areas where we can improve. The support for this initiative has been extremely positive and it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to make a difference. climate change cannot be ignored, but if we act now and act together through bold collective action, we can mitigate the impact and help restore the balance between people and the planet.”

David Graham, President and CEO of World Sailing, said: “The future of sailing is delicately linked to climate change. federation, we must do all we can to reduce the effects of climate change for the long-term survival of our sport, sailors and communities around the world. We are already committed to coordinating strategic action in the sport ensuring that our sponsors, events and equipment all follow the goals set by the World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030. This is an important campaign for the future of our planet and we are proud to sign the pledge.”

The World Sailing Executive Board has already taken steps to become carbon neutral by 2022, halving emissions across sport by 2030 and aiming to reach net zero by 2040 in all the operations.

So far, around 70% of the global economy has committed to net zero emissions. Over 80 countries have updated their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Race To Zero is the largest alliance ever committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, already representing a coalition of 733 cities, 31 regions, 3,067 companies, 173 of the largest investors and 622 higher education institutions. By the end of COP26, the goal is for Race To Zero signatories to account for 25% of global carbon dioxide emissions.

Efforts to make sailing carbon positive are already well established. World Sailing partnered with 11th Hour Racing in 2018 to recognize success in maritime sustainability by sponsoring the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award which attracted over 100 nominations and 10,000 votes each year. 11th Hour Racing is a founding partner of the “Racing with Purpose” program created by The Ocean Race which contributes to the scientific understanding of the health of the oceans by using racing boats to collect data on sea surface temperature and sea level. acidification of the oceans.

Hempel, official coatings partner of World Sailing and sponsor of the Hempel World Sailing Championships, joins more than 1,000 international companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

SAP, a long-time analytics partner of World Sailing, has launched its Chasing Zero Emissions program to help companies reduce their greenhouse gas footprint through integrated analytics.

In 2020, SailGP launched ‘Race for the Future’, the first climate-friendly sports and entertainment property, which aims to reduce the league’s carbon footprint, champion inclusivity and champion clean energy. SailGP tracks and verifies carbon emissions in partnership with One Carbon World and offsets emissions by contributing to pioneering blue carbon projects such as the goal to plant a billion trees and mitigate 500 million tonnes of CO2 of the atmosphere, in partnership with the Worldview International Foundation.

For more information on the new Sports for Climate Action goals, please visit the UNFCCC website.

To read the IOC statement, visit

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