Wednesday, December 8, 2021

UN climate summit urges sports bodies to achieve green target

Glasgow, Scotland (AP) – The United Nations Climate Conference on Wednesday urged sporting organizations and teams around the world to meet the environmental goals they have signed.

FIFA, the International Olympic Committee, the NFL, the NBA and the New York Yankees are among the nearly 300 signatories to the Sports for Climate Action Framework. (S4CA) since the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

“These organizations are now being challenged to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2040,” UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa told the COP26 conference in Glasgow.

The United Nations said that the members of the S4CA are also “committed to submit a plan outlining concrete actions to be taken to implement the 2030 Goals” and publish annual updates.

FIFA later reaffirmed its pledge to the goals, and has committed – along with tournament organizers in natural gas-rich Qatar – to organize a carbon-neutral World Cup next year.

The 2022 edition is a rare opportunity for World Cup fans to travel between games at eight stadiums in and around the city of Doha, using mostly public transport.

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Air travel was the most viable option for fans traveling to scattered games in Brazil and Russia at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups. The 2026 tournament calls for thousands of miles (kilometers) of travel across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Soccer leaders and teams often use private jets, and Manchester United were criticized for flying an 85-kilometre (50-mile) flight to a Premier League game in Leicester last month.

The IOC said last month that it has also set a strict interim target of a 30% reduction in emissions by 2024, when Paris will host the Summer Games.

Paris Olympics organizers celebrate IOC Let them do surfing events in Tahiti more than 15,000 kilometers (9,000 miles) away. He said the decision would ultimately reduce the carbon footprint as the chosen venue, Tahupo, also hosts an annual top-tier event immediately after the Games.

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