FEI Sustainability and Innovation
2019 was a busy year for the FEI and the equestrian community when it came to sustainability and innovation – both on and off the field and in some of the most surprising ways. Here are some of the highlights.
In 2019, the FEI…
… signed the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework
The FEI became a signatory to the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework in Lausanne (SUI) in May 2019, sending a strong signal to the sporting community of its commitment to introduce sustainable carbon reduction measures, not just at events worldwide, but also in Headquarters (HQ) operations.
The Framework, which calls for parties to “undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility”, was created by representatives of the global sports industry led by the IOC and the UN Climate Change secretariat. The FEI is represented in three of the five working groups of the sport for climate action signatories: reducing climate impact, sustainable consumption and educate & advocate for climate action.
It was launched in December 2018 during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice (POL) with the aim of bringing 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.
… won the IOC-Dow Carbon Award
In October 2019, the FEI, along with nine other International Federations, was presented the IOC-Dow Carbon Award, an initiative aimed at boosting the Olympic Movement’s efforts to help accelerate climate action. As part of the award, the FEI received carbon offsets based on the information that was provided on the organisation’s annual carbon footprint, as well as its carbon reduction plans.
The footprint calculation was based on three major aspects:
- Flights for FEI staff and non-FEI staff on FEI-related travel for which we receive monthly carbon data from our travel partner, ATPI
- Road transport of event equipment
- All other material sent from the Lausanne HQ to NFs and any other direct recipient
In the future, footprint related to other HQ activities such as utilities consumption and employee commute will be included in the footprint calculations.
… continued to optimise waste management at Headquarters
- We completely eliminated disposable cutlery from day-to-day operations.
- Dishwashers are now only operated by housekeeping after office hours to minimise water consumption.
- We optimised waste management by improving material recycling through increased separation and avoiding waste types by eliminating their sources. There are no wastebaskets at individual desks. Each of the four floors now has recycling stations with residual, organic and paper wastebaskets.
- We installed Webex facilities in three of our biggest conference rooms so that large meetings can be via video conferencing rather than in-person.