IOC reward 10 International Sports Federations for tangible climate action

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Worldwide Olympic Partner Dow rewarded 10 International Sports Federations (IFs) for taking concrete action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

As part of the reward, carbon offsets will be offered to the IFs to compensate their unavoidable 2019 emissions.

The recognition is part of a joint IOC-Dow initiative which aims to boost the Olympic Movement’s efforts to help accelerate climate action. It was granted at the Sustainability Session organised by the IOC during the annual IF Forum, currently taking place in Lausanne.

“The Olympic Movement is fully committed to helping the world address climate change, and this recognition is an excellent reflection of this commitment,” said HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Chair of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission. “We are delighted to see so many International Sports Federations undertake concrete efforts to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This joint IOC-Dow initiative will help accelerate these efforts, increase their impact and encourage other sports organisations to also take action.”

“Climate action needs to happen across industries and society,” said Dr Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi, Global Technology & Sustainability Director for Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions and a member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission. “Just as Dow is harnessing the Olympic brand to engage customers in projects that unlock carbon reductions across the value chain, so the IOC is using its influence to engage the world of sport. By combining the power of sport and science we are working together to make a bigger impact.”

The rewarded IFs include the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), the International Ski Federation (FIS), World Rowing (FISA), the International Golf Federation (IGF), the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), World Rugby (WR), World Sailing (WS) and World Taekwondo (WT), as well as recognised IFs the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) and the International Sambo Federation (FIAS).