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CARBON COMMITMENTS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTS

Overview

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There are many questions as to how the country aims to improve socio-economic developments across our regions. One answer would be to make better use of existing facilities and infrastructure that are created when hosting major sporting events such as the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

 

Sport and activity are estimated to be worth over £35 billion a year to the UK’s economy. Major sporting events play a significant role in delivering continued growth across many sectors, driving innovation, job prosperity, inward investment, and cultural education. In addition, sport and activity can make significant contributions to the UK's carbon reduction agendas reflected by the UK's commitment to the United Nations Global Sport for Climate Action Framework and the 'Sport for Climate Action' principles.

 

The Sports for Climate Action Initiative have committed to adhere to the following five principles:

 

(a) Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility;

(b) Reduce overall climate impact

(c) Educate for climate action

(d) Promote sustainable and responsible consumption

(e) Advocate for climate action through communication

 

The sport and activity sector increasingly understands the opportunity, responsibility, and necessity of rising to the environmental challenge. Studies conducted in 2020, and again in the summer of 2021, with leading National Governing Bodies of Sport, and the wider sport and activity sector showed that 93% of respondents felt that sustainability issues should be included in the Code for Sport Governance, with 90% feeling that the sector should speak with one voice on sustainability issues. 

 

The Investing in Events, Facilities, and Infrastructure Conference will ensure that this vision is built upon and delivered. 

 

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have aspirations to deliver a carbon-neutral event and with events like the Rugby League World Cup pledging support for the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, commitments to reduce carbon are an important factor in bidding and winning the opportunity to host a major sporting event.

Councils who are now becoming responsible for the majority of public leisure facilities also recognise that approximately 40% of their costs come from energy consumption and are keen to explore ways in which this can be offset. 

 

Accessibility and inclusion should be considered throughout the planning and delivery of a participation programme, ensuring the benefits of sport reach the widest possible audience, especially those from under-represented groups. Green travel, transport, and networks are pivotal to harnessing the investments made at major events, realising long-term sustainable infrastructures, and changing behaviours.

 

Major sporting events can help build stronger communities by bringing people together, often from different backgrounds, to make them feel better about where they live, improve community links and build social capital.

We have all of the tools we need to make British sport a world leader in sustainability and there is a collective desire to develop the strategy of which the nation can be proud. These principles include:

  • Minimising greenhouse gas emissions from all sources including buildings, equipment, and other operational sources, including emissions from non-energy sources such as refrigeration.

  • Minimising the generation of waste. All unavoidable waste to be reused, recycled, or recovered with no waste sent for incineration or landfill.

  • Water efficiency. Effective disposal of wastewater. To avoid watercourse pollution, and how to design buildings and hard landscaping surfaces to prevent flooding.

  • To minimise the impacts of transport and travel by reducing journeys and using low and zero-carbon transport and travel options for all spectators and visitors.

  • To reduce the impact of food and drink production by choosing local, seasonal, high welfare, and organic produce; minimising waste and, where waste is unavoidable, segregating and disposing of waste in a positive- or low-impact way. Redistributing unused food and drink across the community. 

  • How to encourage and protect biodiversity and wildlife habitats through appropriate land use, management, and integration into the built environment.

  • How to provide facilities and services that are physically accessible to all, providing a welcoming atmosphere to all with knowledgeable, confident staff.

  • Providing opportunities to staff, fans, and other visitors to improve their physical and mental well-being, including healthy food options and opportunities for active travel.

  • To incorporate economic, social, and environmental considerations into all procurement and employment decisions including, as appropriate, life-cycle comparisons, end-of-life disposal, employee conditions, and fair trade status. Incorporating sustainability requirements into all supplier contracts

  • To support and have positive impacts on the local economy and local community, including community engagement.

This must-attend conference will provide education, insight, and live examples of successful projects that deliver futureproof structures, infrastructure, and stadia against which sustainability performance, environmental responsibility, social progress, and economic activity can be managed and assessed.

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Investing In Events, Facilities and Infrastructure 2022

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The Royal Society of Medicine, London

October 13th, 2022

OUR SPEAKERS

We have decades of experience working with a global community of keynote speakers from government and commercial backgrounds. 

 

Our team spend time understanding the immediate requirements and pressing agendas, aligning policy and strategy whilst highlighting best practice and outcomes. 

Venue

We are delighted to be hosting the Why Sports Investing In Events, Facilities and Infrastructure 2022 Conference at The Royal Society of Medicine, London. 

Steeped in history, 1 Wimpole Street was built in 1909 as larger premises for the Royal Society of Medicine and was officially opened by King George V and Queen Mary in the same year. 

Today, the building plays host to a whole range of events, from meetings and product launches to conferences.

 

Preserving the grandeur of old whilst embracing modern technology, 1 Wimpole Street has established itself as one of the leading meeting, conference, and event venues in central London. 

 

With a central London address, 1 Wimpole Street is conveniently located for guests travelling from within London and further afield. Moments from the hustle and bustle of the world-famous Oxford Street, with its bars, restaurants, and shops, delegates have plenty of things to do come post-event!