Sustainability round-up: September 14
In this week’s round-up: The O2 to stage ‘carbon-removed events’; VINCI pledges to join Paris 2024’s sustainability drive; and Edgbaston goes green for international clash.
The O2 in London, which has hosted numerous sporting events over the years, including boxing, mixed martial arts and tennis, will host what it claims will be ‘the world’s first carbon-removed arena events’ at The 1975’s headline concerts at the venue in February 2024. These pilot events will use a portfolio of carbon removal methods to extract carbon generated by the events from the atmosphere and store it out of harm’s way – a “game-changing step on the path to helping the global live events industry reach genuine net zero”.
The VINCI Group has pledged to support Paris 2024’s drive to host a sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games after signing up as a partner of the event. VINCI works across energy and construction and employs more than 272,000 people in over 120 countries.
The T20 cricket match between England and New Zealand at Edgbaston in Birmingham earlier this month adopted a series of green initiatives. For the clash, which was earmarked by organisers as the ‘Go Green Game’, Edgbaston’s waste management partner Suez delivered a ‘buzz challenge’ while Net Zero Now provided attendees with information around carbon, reducing emissions and saving money at home. Over the past year, the venue has reduced waste by a third.