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SailGP Great Britain team links up with Low Carbon

January 25 2023 - News Release News Editorial

The SailGP Great Britain Team, which is led by Olympic sailors Sir Ben Ainslie and Hannah Mills OBE, has partnered with global renewable energy company Low Carbon.

SailGP Great Britain team links up with Low Carbon

The partnership will see the Great Britain SailGP Team work alongside Low Carbon on a number of initiatives, such as creating world-leading, action-focused educational resources for the 1851 Trust – led by Ainslie and Royal Patron HRH The Princess of Wales – to inspire three million young people to take climate action in their communities. 

Further aims include creating a portable solar and battery installation that can power the team’s base with renewable energy; pursuing a victory in the SailGP Impact League, which recognises the season’s most sustainable team; building coalitions for climate action and innovation in cities on the SailGP tour; and building a global campaign to use the power of sport to inspire climate action. 

Mills, who has two Olympic gold medals and one silver to her name, said: “With the rise of social media and the visibility and the reach that many athletes have, we have a huge opportunity to use sport to generate climate momentum. Athletes and sport have to lead by example, and we need to build powerful communications platforms to spread the message – Low Carbon will help us to do both.

“This innovative partnership will help us connect to our fans, create climate champions across the globe and help us win the SailGP Impact League and become the world’s most sustainable elite sporting team.”

“This innovative partnership will help us connect to our fans, create climate champions across the globe and help us win the SailGP Impact League and become the world’s most sustainable elite sporting team.” Hannah Mills OBE, SailGP Great Britain Team

Low Carbon is working to generate 20 GW of renewable energy by 2030 – which would be enough energy to power more than seven million homes. This would equate to powering every home in every city that is visited by the SailGP tour this season.

The certified-B Corporation company, which was founded in 2011, also has a 2030 net-zero target across all measures.

Ainslie, who is the most successful sailor in Olympic history with five medals including four golds, said: “Low Carbon was one of our first partners back in 2014 and we are delighted to be continuing the journey with them. They are the perfect partner that brings both commercial value but also a key focus on purpose, to help drive positive climate action at scale.”

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