IBU climate action commitment recognised by IOC and Dow

IBU climate action commitment recognised by IOC and Dow

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) was today rewarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Worldwide Olympic Partner Dow, for taking concrete action in its fight against climate change.

The IOC-Dow award was announced at the IOC IF Sustainability Session during the IF Forum and will see the IBU receive carbon offsets to compensate their 2020 unavoidable residual emissions. These include a diverse set of climate solutions, from conserving ecosystems and avoiding deforestation to energy efficiency and renewable energy. The award coincided with the IOC publishing an IBU Sustainability Case study which can be found here.

IBU President and member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission, Olle Dahlin, said:

“The IBU is honoured to have been recognised by the IOC and Dow and grateful for the support they have provided in helping us to offset our 2020 carbon footprint. Going forward, we are dedicated to reducing our impact on the environment on an annual basis, and have set ambitious but achievable sustainability objectives, including being climate neutral by 2030.

“Our Sustainability Policy will guide our strategy over the next ten years and through our Carbon Management Plan we will lead our global biathlon family through the implementation of innovative actions that will reduce our emissions and make a tangible climate contribution.”

As per the Target 26 strategic plan, the IBU is committed to establishing biathlon as a leader in promoting and upholding the highest standards of sustainability in sport, and has already taken a number of firm actions in this regard. The IBU launched its Sustainability Policy last month which provides the roadmap for the federation’s ten-year Sustainability Strategy 2020-2030, and joined the United Nations Sport for Climate action framework in June.

The IBU’s Sustainability Policy addresses how the IBU can affect positive change through its organisation and events but also how it can equip the global biathlon family to implement locally tailored initiatives.

As part of its climate commitment, the IBU has also developed a Carbon Management Plan. The plan commits the IBU to several measures that will help biathlon meet its overall sustainability objectives. Key elements of this plan include a new sustainable travel policy, transition toward renewable energy both in mobility and energy consumption, as well as reviewing and addressing the climate impact of the sport’s supply chain in cooperation with its industry partners and providers.