Is the ecological transition of sports possible?

“Ecological transition”: These two terms are the main axis of policy that Prime Minister Elizabeth Borne wants. In the mouth of the Minister of Sports. In many cases, ecology and sports do not mix. Is ecological transition really possible in sports? Decryption by the RMC Weekend Matinale team.

“Ecological Transition”: These two words have been in the mouth of Head of State Emmanuel Macron, or in the mouth of Head of Government Elizabeth Borne, during the campaign between the two rounds, since the coronation in Matignon. It came out often. -May. Two ministers dedicated to this theme, the secretariat directly affiliated with Matignon and the greens of all ministries. Even at the Ministry of Sports, the Olympics and Paralympics. Because the issue of ecology in sports is important. The main competition is often a sinkhole in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

Olympic 3.6 million tonnes of CO²

Therefore, the 2016 Rio Olympics generated 8 million cubic meters of water, 17,000 tons of waste, 23 million liters of fuel, 28,500 planes in transit at Rio Airport, and 3.6 million tons of CO². Everything for the 17-day competition. France must organize a 2024 edition of the masses of sports, is that really compatible with the objectives of the ecological transition?

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra of the Ministry of Sports, who will be a guest from RMC this Saturday, hopes to be proactive in tackling this issue anyway. If she judges the framework of “UN Climate and Sports Around for Climate Change”, she is “well designed” and she believes we must go further. First, by generalizing the “Charter of 15 Environmental Responsibility Commitments” to “All Sporting Events”. Objectives: Events in France have a “voluntary” approach to renewable energy use, promotion of soft mobility, food waste approaches, waste management and more.

In this way, the Tour de France, the champion of advertising caravans and car fleets and waste, decided to gradually move from the yellow of the jersey to the greenest of the greens. In the 2021 edition, all caravan goods were environmentally friendly, sustainable and recyclable. Similarly, the team’s race-managed cars are at least hybrid cars, and some cars are even electric, like director Christian Prudom’s car, on certain stages. The goal is to quickly switch to 100% electricity, even if this shift is hampered by the lack of charging infrastructure in the stopover town.

Black spots for transportation and sports competitions

Step 2: Restrict movement. Therefore, at Roland Garros, the former leader of the Tennis Federation, the Minister of Sports, estimates that transport plays a 90% role in tournament carbon dioxide emissions. Huge numbers that can be reduced in two ways only if the tournament wants to survive: Rebuilding a calendar with softer mobility.

“We need structural measures to optimize circuit organizers, competitions and travel, regionalize competitions and limit the use of air transport,” Amélie Oudéa-Castéra declares.

The Minister of Sports announced that Paris 2024 is also participating in a race to develop ecological fuels that limit the Olympic carbon emissions.

Faced with climate change challenges, the planet can also rely on increasingly enthusiastic sportsmen and women, such as rugby woman Lénaïg Corson, guest of the RMC weekend morning show this Saturday. increase.

“Our competitions are around the world. We emit large amounts of carbon by flying. We force organizers and international organizations to change their calendars, think more continental and rethink the competition system. You may need to. ”The 2021 VI Nations Tournament.

Reduced Daily Sports footprint

Another challenge for French XV and Stade Francais players is to routinely reduce carbon dioxide emissions in sports. There are some tips and some challenges. For example, move to a training center with soft mobility, “reduce animal protein consumption, consume locally”.

Very specifically, at Stade Francais, thanks to the athletes, we reduced “all the PET bottles” or “75,000 bottles a year” and replaced them with about 15 fountains. Similarly, clubs in Paris remove about 50 individual bins and replace them with sort bins. Purpose: Sort organic waste (banana peels, orange peels, lunch leftovers, etc.) to make compost and soil for use in gardening centers. Even in sports, nothing is lost, everything changes, and even trials change.