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This week: ATP Tour, ANOC, Bristol Bears Women…

February 29 2024

Also in the news: Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Formula 1, Bradford City, Auckland Council…

This week: ATP Tour, ANOC, Bristol Bears Women…

Photovoltaic company LONGi has extended its partnership with tennis’ ATP Tour, continuing its work to integrate green energy solutions at selected tournament venues. At the recently concluded ATP Qatar Open, staged in the capital of Doha, LONGi hosted an interactive booth, promoting initiatives that resonated with the theme of green living. The LONGi booth saw guests take part in games to learn about its Hi-MO X6 product range, with visitors given the opportunity to discuss their favourite sports and share their views on a green lifestyle.

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Formula 1 and DHL have extended their multi-year deal, with the logistics company continuing to support the pinnacle of motorsport in achieving its Net Zero 2030 target. DHL will identify innovative solutions to allow F1 to operate more sustainably, while reducing carbon emissions from the sport’s logistical needs.

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Warwickshire County Cricket Club has agreed a new kit deal with PlayerLayer, which will see its white ball and training kit made out of recycled polyester. The team will wear the kits during the Vitality Blast T20 series and Metro Bank One Day Cup. As part of the training kit launch, PlayerLayer has made a kit donation to the value of 150 training tops for boys and girls in the Youth Pathway.

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The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and the Portuguese Olympic Committee (COP) have worked to plant one hectare of native trees, in order to support the offsetting of carbon emissions ahead of the ANOC General Assembly between October 28 and November 2, this year. In total, some 10,000 trees will be planted in contribution to COP’s ongoing Portuguese Olympic Forest project.

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Electric racing series Extreme E has brought in Kempower as its official charging partner. The Finnish company was founded in 2017, and designs and manufacturers EV chargers and software. Kempower is aiming to make reliable and DC fast-charging not just for sporting series, but for electric car drivers worldwide. DC fast-charging is particularly helpful in motorsport, as teams depend on quick turnaround times to maximise opportunities on track.

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English Football League Two club Bradford City has been given the green light to install solar panels on the roof of its Valley Parade stadium. Renewable energy company SNRG applied for permission to fit the panels earlier this year, with the application stating the panels would have a 200kWp capacity. The energy from the solar panels will help to power the stadium, while any excess will be released to the UK’s national grid.

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Utilising Artificial Intelligence (AI) could help to cut down on the use of chemicals to maintain golf courses, while some golfers are willing to compromise on course quality to take a more environmentally friendly approach to maintenance. A survey from Players 1st found that almost 60% partially or totally agreed they would be willing to accept a slight reduction in the quality of the fairways, but only 40% agreed they would be able to accept a slight reduction in the quality of the greens.

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Sticking with golf, Auckland Council in New Zealand has launched a new initiative ‘Golf is Green!’. The project has seen 22 golf courses and nearby communities care for the spaces collectively. Publicly leased Pupuke Golf Course on Auckland’s north shore has worked towards planting 2,000 native trees; increasing native birdlife; shifting from chemical to natural green-keeping practices and more.

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Ashton Gate Stadium recently hosted the annual ‘Go Green’ rugby union fixture between Bristol Bears Women and Loughborough Lightning. The game highlighted Bristol Sport’s Project Whitebeam, a sustainability initiative that encompasses football club Bristol City, Bristol Bears and basketball’s Bristol Flyers. The evening saw a mixture of green and sustainable activations take place alongside the ‘Go Green’ fixture.

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English Football League One club Oxford United has submitted a full planning application to Cherwell District Council for its proposed new all-electric stadium. The application has been formally submitted for a new, modern, eco-friendly 16,000 capacity stadium on an area of land known as The Triangle, near Kidlington, as part of a mixed-use development.

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Riikka Rakic, the International Biathlon Union lead in Strategy, Sustainability and Governance, World Athletics’ Head of Sustainability Bob Ramsak and Tero Kalsta, Sales Coordinator for the International Floorball Federation, were among the speakers at this morning’s Conference on Making Sport Sustainable.

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