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ECB celebrates cricketing first by signing up to UN Sports for Climate Action Framework

November 30 2023

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has signed up to the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework, to become cricket’s first national governing body to do so.

ECB celebrates cricketing first by signing up to UN Sports for Climate Action Framework

As a result, the organisation has developed a new Environmental Sustainability Plan, which aims to prevent climate change from stopping future generations playing the sport.

The plan centres around the core pillars of tackling climate change, managing resources, and protecting and enhancing the natural environment.

“The UN Sports for Climate Framework is symbolic and shows the ECB’s intent to join other leaders in world sport,” said Dr Russell Seymour, chair of the British Association for Sustainable Sport, as reported by The Guardian.

“It has to be someone senior, usually the chief executive, that signs the commitment and the data must be publicly reported before submission, so it gives leadership and transparency. 

“So it’s a great step forward, but it is now what they do with it that will count.”

The ECB joins the county clubs of Gloucestershire and Surrey, the Marylebone Cricket Club, Melbourne Cricket Club, and more than 200 other sporting and broadcasting bodies by signing on to the framework.

Signatories agree to a range of principles that encourage them to embed environmental thinking into their decision making. These also include key targets of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reaching net zero a decade later.

The ECB’s sustainability plan follows record breaking temperatures seen in 2022 and the £4 million (€4.6 million/$5 million) County Grants Fund.

This made money available to clubs for energy saving, water management, electric rollers, and drought and flood resistance. A total of 37 sides also won grants for solar projects last year which has risen to 64 in 2023.

ECB sustainability manager Kathy Gibbs says there is still much more to be done and states that a carbon reduction plan will be developed in the next 12 months.

Image: Mark Stuckey on Unsplash

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