RLWC2021 are amongst 17 signatories who signed on to the framework.

14 Dec 2018


RLWC2021 are amongst 17 signatories who signed on to the framework.

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has pledged its support to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework that launched this week in a concerted effort to raise awareness and action to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The tournament organisers are one of many representatives from the diverse global sports industry to sign up to the UN Climate Change Action Framework, created to drive emission reductions of sports operations and tap the popularity and passion of sport to engage millions of fans in the effort.

With just under three years to go until the tournament in England, RLWC2021 is one of 17 initial signatories, which include FIFA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the French Tennis Federation (Roland Garros) and Formula E.

The Framework has two overarching objectives: achieving a clear trajectory for the global sports community to combat climate change and to use sports as a unifying tool to drive climate awareness and action among global citizens. Sports organisations in the Framework, including the RLWC2021, recognise that they need to take an active part in achieving the goal of the Paris Agreement - climate neutrality by mid-century, as well as the broader Sustainable Development Goals.

Sports produces climate-changing emissions in many ways, through associated travel, energy use, construction of venues, catering, and other ways. The sports sector accepts its responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the goal of the Paris Agreement – limiting global average temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius and to strive for the safer 1.5-degree target.

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of RLWC2021, said: “We recognise the impact of sport on the climate and we’re willing to do whatever we can to ensure that our tournament in 2021 makes a concerted effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s important that we understand the impact of tournaments on global warming and I’m sure by working with the rest of the signatories we can reduce the negative impact.”

“The IOC is proud to have taken on a leadership role in the Sports for Climate Action Initiative,” said HSH Prince Albert II, Chair of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission, speaking at the launch event in Poland. “With its global reach, universal appeal and the power to inspire and influence millions of people around the globe, sport is uniquely placed to drive global climate action and encourage crowds to join in.”

The total list of 17 signatories who signed on to the framework are:

·        International Olympic Committee

·        AC Fukushima United, Co, Ltd

·        FIFA

·        Forest Green Rovers Football Club

·        Formula E

·        French Tennis Federation – Roland Garros

·        International Sailing Federation

·        Kamakura International Football Club and Gangsters

·        Kyoto University American Football Club

·        Kyoto University Football Club

·        Paris 2024 Summer Olympics

·        Rugby League World Cup 2021

·        Sano High-School Rugby Club

·        Tokohu Ice Hockey Club Co., Ltd (Free Blades)

·        Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

·        UEFA

·        World Surf League

The sport sector believes it can do more by working together, according to the principles and objectives laid down in the Sports for Climate Action Framework. In early 2019, the adopters of the Framework will be invited to form working groups to plan, pursue and enhance work under each of 16 principles laid out in the Framework.

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