The UCI Track Champions League is joining the global drive for a sustainable future as its global promoter and commercial rights-holder, Discovery Sports Events (DSE), is working with the United Nations Sports for Climate Action group to reduce the impact of sporting events on our planet.

As a signatory of the UN Sports for Climate Action group, Discovery Sports Events has committed to reducing emissions across its various sporting events by 50 percent by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2040.

DSE has also committed to measuring and disclosing its annual carbon footprint and progress with reducing emissions, as well as submitting a plan as to how it will achieve its emission-reducing goals.

The group is also working to obtain ISO 20121 certification, which guarantees that all its events are run with sustainability at their heart, with a minimal impact on the local environment and community, while strengthening relationships with all stakeholders.

DSE is also seeking B Corp certification – an award that verifies the organisation meets high standards in social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

The group remains determined to reduce emissions wherever possible. This includes building a sustainable travel policy and limiting the size of the support team working on site at UCI Track Champions League events, where some of the functions can be carried out remotely.

Efforts will be made to optimise calendars to minimise how far equipment has to travel between UCI Track Champions League events; work with local suppliers; reduce the use of fossil fuels; work towards creating zero waste at events, and use sustainable/recyclable materials wherever possible.

The UCI Track Champions League is keen to team up with riders, local organisers, suppliers, stakeholders and fans to achieve its sustainability objectives, and ensure a smooth transition to a sustainable future.

François Ribeiro, head of Discovery Sports Events, is determined to ensure DSE and the UCI Track Champions League is among the world leaders when it comes to developing sporting events in a sustainable way.

He said: “My team and I at Discovery Sports Events are proud to be signatories of the UN Sports for Climate Action group charter and we will work hard to deliver our events with the minimum possible impact on our planet.

“There is still work to be done to reduce the UCI Track Champions League’s carbon footprint and we look forward to demonstrating our commitment to this in the years to come.”

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