Data, innovation and looking ahead to 2024
The Sustainability Report Podcast
by Matthew Campelli
4M ago
How can a “non-essential” sector like sport justify its existence on a planet with finite resources? It was a question posed by Damian Foxall, sustainability manager of the 11th Hour Racing Team, during episode 96 of the podcast that we try to unpack. Foxall reflects on a successful 2023, in which his team was crowned champions of The Ocean Race. At the end of the season, it also produced a sustainability report full of achievements and case studies. In addition, Kristen Fulmer, head of sustainability at Oak View Group (operator of the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle), lifts the lid on the org ..read more
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No COPping out for sport
The Sustainability Report Podcast
by Matthew Campelli
4M ago
As we head into another COP, two major things remain unclear for our industry: on a macro level, what climate trajectory will we find ourselves on once all is said and done in two weeks? And, at a sector level, what role is sport expected to play to keep this trajectory as low as possible? COP28 is a key talking point in episode 95 of the podcast as we talk to SailGP’s Fiona Morgan about its Race for the Future takeover in Dubai. Russell Seymour of BASIS talks about the new Game Changer II report, which lays bare the extent to which climate change is playing havoc with British sport. Cricket ..read more
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How football clubs can support the people’s climate transition
The Sustainability Report Podcast
by Matthew Campelli
5M ago
Collectively, more than three-quarters of the fans of Bohemian FC, Club Brugge KV, FC St Pauli, FC Twente, Ferencvárosi TC, Real Betis and SV Werder Bremen believe their clubs and football in general need to do more to support and accelerate the shift to a lower carbon society. But how can football clubs position themselves as the drivers of this transition – and crucially, how can they ensure that transition is just and beneficial for their local communities. That’s what we try to unpack in this episode of the podcast alongside Sean McCabe (Bohemian Football Club), Róisín Greaney (Think-tank ..read more
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Tough questions and creative solutions
The Sustainability Report Podcast
by Matthew Campelli
6M ago
A week after the Sport Positive Summit, Kate Chapman (London Marathon Events), Sara Kassam (UK Sport) and Rikke Rønholt Albertsen (Danish Olympic Committee) help us unpick some of the key talking points. Can growth and sustainability coexist in sport? How can sport wean itself off of fossil fuel sponsorship? What does the sports industry collectively need to say when we reconvene again in 12 months time? We cover it all ..read more
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Driving progress through thoughtful discourse
The Sustainability Report Podcast
by Matthew Campelli
7M ago
Protecting humans, animals and plants. That’s what climate justice boils down to, says Jessica Murfree.  In this edition of the podcast, Murfree (sport ecologist and assistant professor at the University of Cincinati) and Claire Poole look ahead to the Sport Positive Summit, exploring how the industry can position itself best to promote climate action and justice through thoughtful discourse. The episode focuses on the importance of diverse perspectives, risk management and using nuance language when it comes to sustainability claims. And Poole, founder and chief executive of Sport Positi ..read more
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Sport’s evolving approach to climate action
The Sustainability Report Podcast
by Matthew Campelli
7M ago
In this podcast episode, we delve into the nuanced approach sports should take towards carbon emissions and question whether current best practices in carbon measurement and reduction are fit-for-purpose for an industry with such distinctive challenges. In the company of Nicola Barr, the decarbonising sport lead at FrontRunners, and a current player for the Greater Western Sydney Giants, and Alice Ashpitel, head of sustainability at Mercedes F1, we explore the practicalities of investing in sustainable fuels, the shift from high-polluting sponsors and the influential role of athletes in this e ..read more
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Evolution, disruption and leadership
The Sustainability Report Podcast
by Matthew Campelli
7M ago
Dr. Maddy Orr, Bob Ramsak and Dr. Sheila Nguyen were the three guests as The Sustainability Report Podcast came back after a six month rest. While Ramsak (head of sustainability for World Athletics) and Nguyen (head of sustainability for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia  New Zealand 2023) spoke about managing the environmental impact of two of the year’s biggest sporting events, Orr discussed the disruption sport had experienced as a result to extreme weather in recent months. All three guests also explored the evolving role of the sustainability professional in sport and the changing ..read more
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Embedding ESG principles in African sport
The Sustainability Report Podcast
by Matthew Campelli
1y ago
Sport in Africa has huge cultural significance – and every single nation in the vast continent is impacted by significant environmental and social challenges. Sustainable Sport Africa, established by Rachel Aron and Tristan Niesslein, aims to position sport as a medium to address some of these challenges, which, in turn, should make African sports properties more appealing to potential investors. In this episode of the podcast, Aron and Niesslein discuss the launch of the organisation and some of its key objectives ..read more
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Building capacity for sustainability within a Premier League football club
The Sustainability Report Podcast
by Matthew Campelli
1y ago
Calling the Wolverhampton Wanderers sustainability strategy ‘One Pack, One Planet’ was always going to be a winner with fans. But beyond the clever branding – and the launch of the strategy during a really successful Green Football Weekend – One Pack, One Planet was built on solid foundations of robust impact assessments, clear communications with club staff and giving departments the agency to develop their own action plans to achieve targets in four main areas: carbon, waste, nature and culture. In this episode of the podcast, Thom Rawson, the project lead, explains the work that went on beh ..read more
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Creating a biodiversity strategy for a motorsport track
The Sustainability Report Podcast
by Matthew Campelli
1y ago
When Lorenzo Sacchetti was asked to embark on a project to increase biodiversity at a motorsports track by his Copenhagen Business School tutor Rikke Albertsen and project manager at the Dansk Automobil Sports Union (DASU), Michella Skov, he was a little surprised. How does nature conservation and motorsport – an unsustainable activity in Lorenzo’s mind – fit together? Alongside Albertsen, Skov and his friend and biodiversity expert Matilde Montagna, Sacchetti tried to find out by developing a biodiversity pilot project as one of DASU’s tracks – a pilot project that could form the foundation f ..read more
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