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Sustainability round-up: April 20

April 20 2023

This week’s sustainability round-up includes news on racing fuels, spectator transport issues, women’s football, skiing and grassroots football in Croatia, with help from LaLiga.

Sustainability round-up: April 20

The British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC) has committed to using a more sustainable fuel from the 2023 season onwards. The championship has partnered with Green Biofuels (BGF), a provider of high-performance Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel. GBF’s advanced Gd+ fuel will be used by all competitors in the BTRC and is made from 100% waste-derived cooking oils and fats, supercharged with an engine-enhancing additive.

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Teams, clubs and venues in the US and Canada are reportedly taking steps to tackle the issue surrounding spectator travel to and from events. Hassan Madhouse, Stantec Associate Transportation Engineer, who previously worked for the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa RedBlacks told SportsBusiness Journal: “Transportation is probably the single biggest carbon footprint impact.”

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Global football governing body FIFA and the German Football Association (DFB) have recently convened to discuss increased investments in women’s football, and the need to protect and enhance its commercial value in order to reflect the growth of the women’s game. One of the main themes included the increased investment in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand later this year.

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Five European countries are pushing for an EU-wide ban on chemicals used in fluorinated ski wax, which helps to reduce friction when applied to the bottom of skis. These per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) take a long time to break down in nature and have been linked to health conditions including infertility, cancer and liver damage. 

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Spanish football club Deportivo Alavés, LaLiga and Croatian football club NK Istra 1961 recently joined forces to hold the ‘Branko Bubić Football Days’ to make a positive impact on the grassroots football community in Istria. The days were named after Branko Bubić, a legend in the region, who worked for over 50 years at NK Istra 1961. 

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Image: Brian Snelson/ CC BY 2.0/ Edited for size

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