Sustainable Events

Making your events and regattas more sustainable can have great benefits (such as improved image and cost savings) and it isn’t that difficult to do. The London 2012 Olympic Games set the standard with ISO 20121, an international event management standard.

The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy - the venue for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events - became the first sailing venue in the world to achieve it - with a helping hand from The Green Blue. Since then other sailing organisations have followed suit including Ben Ainslie Racing.

ISO 20121 is a comprehensive framework that not all clubs or training centres would be able to implement, but many of its principles can still be adopted on a smaller scale. Here are some areas to consider:

  • Litter entering the water from blowing off shore/overboard or capsizing    
  • Increased waste produced by the competitors and race officials
  • Spread of invasive non-native species from one location to another
  • Increased carbon emissions caused by the transportation of competitors and equipment
  • Increased use of resources such as paper, plastic, electricity and water
  • Oil and fuel entering the marine environment from safety boats either when refuelling or through the bilge
  • Increased food miles for the event catering