The Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) was recognized this Friday, the 6th, along with four other Olympic Committees and 15 International Sports Federations (IFs) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and DOW, Carbon Partner and World Olympic Partner, during the Sustainability Session of the Forum for International Federations, for its commitment to the United Nations and IOC's Sport for Climate Action program.
Brazil was the second Olympic Committee in the world and the first in the Americas to join the program, committing itself to engaging society and taking concrete measures to reduce the impact of sport on climate change.
The winners of the Olympic Movement Carbon Initiative Award, from IOC and DOW, were announced virtually and received a homage from President of IOC, Thomas Bach, in a message of recognition for the involvement of entities in mitigating climate change.
"Climate change remains a global challenge of unprecedented proportions for all of humanity and requires an unprecedented response from all of us," says the President of IOC Thomas Bach, in a video message. “As an organization dedicated to making the world a better place through sport, IOC wants to ensure that the Olympic community contributes to global efforts to tackle climate change. This commitment to climate action is a remarkable illustration of how all of us in sport, be it a National Olympic Committee or an International Sports Federation, can contribute significantly to reducing our carbon footprint.”
IOC and Dow launched the award in 2019 to encourage IFs and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to plan and implement tangible climate actions in their operations. To be recognized, entities must be part of UN's “Sport for Climate Action” and present detailed data on their carbon reduction plans, so that they better understand and measure their annual carbon footprint.
"This recognition is especially important as COB proposes to lead this transformation in terms of sustainability in sport. And we do this by setting an example and engaging our entire community, "says Paulo Wanderley, president of COB.
"Sport has enormous power to incite action on a global scale and this initiative has created a successful platform to educate, inspire and drive efforts to combat climate change," said Mike Reed, vice president of Olympic and Sports Solutions at Dow. “Teamwork is essential in sport and, if we really want to address climate change, reduce carbon emissions and go beyond its offset, we need effective partnerships. We feel that this award and our collaboration with IOC is a demonstration of the application of the power of sport and teamwork with and across the Olympic Movement to make an impact and create a positive legacy”.
As an award, IFs and NOCs that are proven to be working to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within their organizations and respective events will be rewarded with carbon credits for their inevitable carbon emissions.
The carbon offsets offered as part of the initiative have been permanently withdrawn from the market. They include a diverse set of climate solutions, from conserving ecosystems and preventing deforestation to energy efficiency and renewable energy. The projects have been implemented on several continents, including the Americas, Africa, and Asia, and are in compliance with the standards approved by the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA).
"Sustainability is within the COB's strategic map for Cycle 21-24. We understand that sport can contribute in different ways to a better society and engaging in the protection of the environment is one of them", says the director of Communication and Marketing, Manoela Penna.
COB carried out its inventory of direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), a way of quantifying the sources of carbon emission meeting the main demands of the market (INEA 64, Selo Clima, Brazilian Program of the GHG Protocol, CETESB 254 , ISO 14.064 and Decree 46.674).
The report is generated from the compilation and analysis of data, as a general area of the Training Center headquarters; team; energy consumption; flights; printed papers; purchase of equipment; and waste.
After this quantification, as a result, the number of tons of carbon emitted by the committee's activities is obtained, which is subsequently priced and reversed in a total number of trees and other forms of offset.