When the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 takes to Sydney Olympic Park from 22 September – 1 October, the event will welcome 12 teams, 144 players, 100 officials, hundreds of volunteers and staff and thousands of fans.
Hosting international sports events is a privilege for any nation and is important for spectators and athletes. However, FIBA and the Local Organizing Committee acknowledge the significant impacts large-scale events can have on the environment – including energy used to power the venues to waste and pollution, from food, packaging, and transport.
With the full support of FIBA, the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Local Organizing Committee in Australia is proud to be integrating the principles of sustainability into the planning and delivery of the event.
Our ambition: To deliver the most sustainable FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup since inception and create a blueprint sustainability framework as a lasting legacy for future major events.
FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 is the perfect platform to raise awareness and drive change and supports FIBA as a signatory to the United Nations Sports For Climate Action Framework. The framework aims to ignite sports organizations to fight climate change by measuring, reducing, and reporting carbon emissions.
A sustainable event aims at reducing the use of natural resources, minimizing waste generation, and preventing carbon emissions whilst at the same time creating positive social and economic outcomes for the community.
Guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Sports for Climate Action, the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup Sustainability Program is designed around three focus areas:
Fortunately, the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup will be using existing sporting and accommodation venues, a legacy of the Sydney Olympics and Paralympics games in 2000. We are working with the venues to reduce the emissions related to waste, transport, energy and water by leveraging and improving existing initiatives.
We will encourage spectators to take public transport and contribute to offsetting their emissions when purchasing their tickets.
Every event brings supplies that carry their own sustainability impacts, from materials used to the food and beverage available. The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup and its suppliers are taking steps to be more sustainable in sourcing produce locally (ie. fresh food from the Sydney markets), using recycled material (ie. recycled paper), thinking of the end of life of products, so they don’t end up in landfill (ie. reusable pull up banners). We also carefully consider the social and economic aspects of the supply chain by paying attention to where, how and who manufactured the products.
Sustainability involves continuous learning and improvement. If not now, when? If not us, who? We all have a responsibility to take action. Our goal is to increase the understanding of the importance of sustainability so check out the tips showing how you can make a difference. We are creating a sustainability blueprint framework that will be accessible to all so keep an eye out and use for your events big or small.
Through Basketball Australia, Basketball NSW and FIBA; we are also delivering Legacy programs targeting women and girls to further enable the empowerment and increasing engagement of women and girls.
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