11:15 AM GMT February 17, 2020
Gold certification from One Carbon World driven by work at flagship tournaments in London and Milan last year
The ATP has announced it has been awarded carbon neutral gold status for the prestigious season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London where the top eight players in the world compete and the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan which features the best young players in the sport.
The Gold Certification has been awarded by One Carbon World, a global partner of the United Nation’s Climate Neutral Now initiative. The collaboration between the two organisations resulted in the offsetting of all international and domestic travel to the Nitto ATP Finals for players, tournament staff and ATP members, as well as the travel of all tennis fans within the UK to the tournament. The season-ending event attracted more than 242,000 fans to The O2. With the additional inclusion of international travel for players and ATP staff to the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, in total 5,683 tons of carbon emissions were offset.
This significant commitment comes a year after the ATP announced a wave of new sustainability initiatives at the 2018 edition of the Nitto ATP Finals to reduce the environmental impact of the eight-day showpiece event. The 2018 event saw a particular focus on reducing the amount of plastic used at the tournament which included the use of water coolers and glass bottles across all tennis family, media and operational staff areas.
In 2019, a more rigorous assessment of the environmental impacts of the Nitto ATP Finals was initiated, with the collection of the data needed to understand the event’s carbon footprint and waste generated in order to set targets and implement appropriate changes.
In 2019, 60,000 single use plastic cups were removed from the tournament’s waste stream through the elimination of these cups at public concession units and the introduction of tournament take-home cups which were washed and re-used many times during the event. There were also no plastic bags used to deliver 310 newly-strung rackets to players by Tecnifibre, the official tournament stringers, throughout the tournament.
Elsewhere, to reduce the amount of waste generated by the event the ATP worked with City Harvest, a charity focused on putting surplus food to good use in a sustainable way, to redistribute leftover food to shelters around London. In total the food City Harvest collected equated to over 2,000 meals for Londoners in need. These donations prevented over 3.25 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Adam Hogg, Event Director, Nitto ATP Finals, said: “After beginning the process of measuring the impact from our activities and trialling a number of new initiatives at last year’s Nitto ATP Finals, we’re thrilled with the results we saw in 2019. Staging large sporting events always come with significant sustainability challenges, so to receive recognition from a respected organisation like One Carbon World is very pleasing.
Of course, there is always more that can be done and we look forward to working hard to try and deliver even better results at next year’s tournament.”
Andrew Bowen, CEO of One Carbon World, said: “We are extremely pleased to see how the ATP tour is strongly committed to sustainability and taking a leading role in supporting the environment. Every emission the ATP has offset directly supports UN and verified voluntary reforestation projects around the world.”
Kevin Anderson, two-time Grand Slam finalist and winner of the ATP’s Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award in 2019, said: “As players we talk regularly about what can be done to reduce the environmental impact of the Tour. It’s something that I feel very strongly about and it’s great to see the progress that’s been made in recent years. Of course, there is always more to be done so we’ll continue to discuss what else we can do to ensure we all operate in the most sustainable way possible.”