FEI commits horse sport to climate action and environmental responsibility

POSTED ON  |  07-06-2019

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Horse sport’s governing body, the FEI, has signed the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework. The Framework was created by representatives of the global sports industry led by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the UN Climate Change secretariat and was launched in December 2018 during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland. The FEI signed the framework earlier this week in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The framework aims to bring together sports organisations, teams, athletes and fans in a concerted effort to raise awareness and action to meet the goals of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement.

In doing so the FEI has committed to implementing the following five principles:
  • Principle 1: Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility;
  • Principle 2: Reduce overall climate impact;
  • Principle 3: Educate for climate action;
  • Principle 4: Promote sustainable and responsible consumption;
  • Principle 5: Advocate for climate action through communication.
“Sport’s impact on our climate is complex and can be difficult to measure depending on the size of
the organization and/or event,” the framework outlines. “However, most sports organisations and fans would now acknowledge that sport’s contribution to climate change – through associated travel, energy use, construction, catering, and so on – is considerable. Moreover, sports’ global interest for billions of fans, and the media coverage generated in response, provide a strong platform for the sport sector to play an exemplary role in meeting the challenge of climate change, and inspire and engage large audiences to do the same.

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