Tennis stars court ATP’s Carbon Tracker
The ATP’s first Carbon Tracker season saw more than 200 players on the tennis tour engage with the app, and some 6.55m km of travel tracked last year.
Professional players travel to over 250 events in 50 different countries across the ATP Tour and Challenger Tour every season. Players are able to track their tournament travel, understand their emissions and make more conscious travel decisions thanks to the Carbon Tracker app, which was developed in collaboration with technology company Infosys.
Players can then mitigate their impact by purchasing verified carbon credits via Gold Standard, a sustainable development standard and climate action partner of the ATP. A carbon credit – also known as carbon offset – represents the certified reduction or removal of one tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) from the atmosphere.
Each week, players competed to reach the top of the Carbon Tracker leaderboard. Positions were decided by percentage of tournaments offset, players’ scores from educational quizzes in the app, the number of tournaments played and tonnes of CO2 offset.
"Never before have we had such clear insight into our travel impact, which is key for tracking and steering our progress."
The top three players on the leaderboard will now split a $100,000 prize, which will be donated to support environmental sustainability initiatives of their choice. Additionally, players that offset 100% of their travel this year will also receive a Carbon Tracker Green Badge, which will displayed on their ATPTour.com profile page.
“Protecting the environment is something that has been really important to me for a long time,” said Cameron Norrie, a British player on the ATP Tour. “I try what I can to minimise my impact, especially at home, but travelling for tennis has always been a challenge. It’s been great supporting the Carbon Tracker initiative from the start as it is a great way to begin to lessen the impact that our travel has on the environment, and I’m glad other players have taken part in this as well.”
The app’s long-term goal is to inspire greener travel on the Tour. A dashboard presents users with a breakdown of their emissions and showcases the impact of different travel choices. Aggregated data also enables ATP to track key metrics at Tour level season-on-season.
Massimo Calvelli, ATP Chief Executive, said: “Carbon Tracker has been a breakout success this season. It’s been great to have players engaging in discussion about climate and taking concrete actions. Never before have we had such clear insight into our travel impact, which is key for tracking and steering our progress.
“We’d like to thank the players for stepping up and our partner Infosys, who worked hand-in-hand with us on this innovative venture. We’re excited to continue the ATP Serves journey in 2024.”