Sustainability round-up: October 19
This week’s sustainability round-up includes the all-female F1 Academy’s 2024 calendar; London Marathon’s bid to remove event-related carbon dioxide; WRC’s three-star sustainability reward; a climate ambassador’s trip to Paris 2024; and the NSW Government’s commitment to a sporting inclusivity programme.
The all-female F1 Academy racing series has announced a seven-round calendar for next year, building on its inaugural season in 2023. The seven races will all feature on the Formula 1 support bill, with the opening race to be held in Saudi Arabia and the finale in Abu Dhabi in December 2024. Miami, Qatar, Singapore, Zandvoort and Barcelona will also feature on the schedule.
London Marathon Events (LME), the organiser of the London Marathon, will fund carbon dioxide removal initiatives as part of its efforts to become net zero by 2030. The scheme will be funded by the £26 climate levy on international runners, which was introduced in 2021. LME has partnered with carbon removal company CUR8 to pull 280 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air.
The World Rally Championship (WRC), alongside sister company Rallycross Promoter, has achieved three-star environmental accreditation from motorsport’s governing body, the FIA. The FIA Environmental Accreditation Programme is an environmental management certification system with three levels.
Ellie Alridge, a Sports and Sustainability Ambassador for Bluewater, a sustainable water solutions provider, is set to represent Great Britain in the women’s kite class at the Paris Olympic Games in 2024. Next year’s Summer Olympics will feature the sailing discipline for the first time.
The New South Wales (NSW) Government in Australia has committed up to A$30m to the Level the Playing Field programme. The investment will help to revive sporting facilities by providing upgrades to existing venues, fields and sports amenities, or by building new locations. Funding will also support the provision of new and upgraded lighting that will enable more women and girls to train in a safe and inclusive environment.
Australia’s history-making Henry Young has become the first player aged 100 to feature on the ITF World Tennis Masters Tour, after competing at the 2023 ITF Masters World Individual Championships in Mallorca. Young marked his 100th birthday last month.