Building a positive future for sport and the environment

Sport Positive Summit 2020 is the only event of it’s kind to convene global leaders within the sports sphere; from sports properties, governing bodies and federations as well as climate stakeholders, Government and UN bodies to support the advance towards a low carbon future for sports operations, as well as the education and engagement of fans.

Supported by UNFCCC Global Climate Action, it is an annual meeting place for the Sports for Climate Action Framework signatories, as well as the wider sports community who are pursuing heightened sustainability efforts.

Designed specifically for those who are looking to reduce the environmental impact of their sporting event, you will hear from leaders in sport and climate, network with your peers from all over the world and gain crucial insights into the tools you need to reduce your climate footprint and engage your fans and consumers to reduce theirs.

Under one roof, the entire community can learn from each other, disseminate good practices, develop new tools and bolster partnerships within areas of mutual interest.

The Summit is a touchstone for the sector’s advancement; supporting year-round progress and promoting accountability and reporting.



London, UK


Monday and Tuesday
March 17 and 18, 2020

A New Era for Sport

Environmental concern and climate change are at the centre of public concern and political consciousness right now, and sport and nature are inextricably linked. In some cases the staging for our winter sports are literally disappearing.

Crucial early adopters have been working towards sport having a lower environmental footprint for decades, but a critical mass of sport properties globally are getting behind this effort right now.

Sport has never been in a more powerful position to harness the zeitgeist to drive change that will futureproof its own activities, positively impact the world for generations to come, and evolve the sports business model towards a more sustainable economic foundation.

Join us where the future of sport is built.

Who Attends?

Sport Positive Summit 2020 offers world-leading content and industry networking for those who operate in sport and understand:

- The potential of putting sustainability at the heart of sports business; to future proof operations, ensure long-term cost savings and bring the benefits of a halo effect to your brand
- The crucial leadership role sport can take to drive sustainable development

Including, but not limited to: Leagues, Clubs, Venues, Federations and Sports Bodies, Brands, Tournaments and Tours, Rights Holders, Associations, Solution Providers, Innovators, Government, UN Bodies, NGOs, Advocacy Groups.

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Summit Agenda

Hear from a mix of sports practitioners, change makers and innovators on the drivers of sport’s positive environmental impact. Benefit from action-oriented interventions, presentations, debates, conversations and workshops.
No self-congratulation, just learnings you can put into practice immediately at your sporting organisation.
  • Day 1

    March 17, 2020

  • Over one year on: UNFCCC and signatories of the Sports for Climate Action Framework talk about progress so far and setting the path for the year ahead.

    Hear from participants about their strategy to achieve the five principles and their collaborations to spotlight climate solutions.
    Climate Change

  • Single use plastic cups during sports events are used on average for 20 minutes and take 450+ years to biodegrade, if ever. At some mass sporting events 750,000 single use plastic bottles can be used and discarded.

    What has captured the public’s imagination around the single use plastic revolution, and how can we learn from it?

    How to overcome the challenge of reducing or removing single use plastic from your event

    Upcycling the problem: how apparel being made from recycled plastic is raising awareness of the ocean plastic problem
    Single Use Plastic

  • Every sports event is different, but at the top level a game, match or tournament can generate tens of tonnes of food, packaging and plastic waste. As well as the cost of this waste management, if not managed well, it can end up in landfill and contribute to the carbon emissions we are trying to reduce.

    Optimize your journey from prevention to reuse to recycling

    What alternative solutions are available to reduce packaging waste?

    Learn about the most effective ways to manage your recycling programme and incorporate preferable use of true recyclable products and materials

    How to work with your partners to ensure waste isn' going to...waste

  • Hot dogs and burgers are match-day staples, but in 2018 it was reported that 1/3 of people in UK have stopped or reduced their meat consumption. It was also reported the same year that veganism and vegetarianism had increased by 600% since 2014 in the US.

    What learnings can we replicate from sports properties that are reducing meat and offering vegan options?

    How to effectively influence suppliers around the procurement of food to your event

    Prevent unnecessary food waste from farm to fork

    How having a mini farm at your venue can reduce costs and provide engagement and educational opportunities

  • No matter where your sports organisation is on the journey right now, what your budget, or the appetite for change, join our practical workshops to hear key steps you can implement to support your efforts. (Possibility to attend 2 of the options)

    Benchmark: How to measure your sporting event’s total carbon footprint

    Reduce: How to minimise your sporting event’s carbon footprint within parameters that are right for you

    Positive: How to maximise your sporting event’s positive impact through every channel

    Don't Preach, Practice: How to embed sustainability into fans minds, without lecturing
    Climate Change
    Hands On

  • Day 2

    March 18, 2020

  • Transport is one of the largest contributor to major sports events’ overall environmental impact. Poor air quality disproportionately affects athletes, as it stops play and impairs athletes performance.

    How sport can encourage lower emission fan travel and be more strategic about freight and team travel

    How to measure and manage emissions impact on athletes and collaborate with key stakeholders to tackle this challenge

    How sport is working to combat the global air quality crisis and and influence fans
    Climate Change

  • In stadiums, energy can account for 30% of running costs, at outdoor events, unending energy may not be available, in some part of the world a lack of dependable energy can stop sport altogether. As well as the financial benefits, making energy reduction and efficiency measures can reduce your event’s environment impact.

    How to reduce costs by moving to renewable energy, energy efficient lighting

    The potential of new technology such as energy efficient screens and modular HVAC systems to reduce energy needs

    How to change fan behaviour to reduce energy needs

    The potential to influence fan's energy consumption behaviour and pay it forward

  • We have seen a rise in offsetting schemes across sports globally, and a net zero goal is not possible without them. However they have garnered a bad reputation if not managed properly.

    Hear from those who have gone through the process what role should carbon credits be playing in sports environment efforts?

    What role carbon offsetting should play in the sport positive journey
    Carbon Offsetting
    Climate Change

  • The true power of sport to create positive environmental impacts is the education and engagement of fans and consumers around the pressing issues of our time.

    Youth engagement programmes during sporting events, which campaigns have captured imaginations?

    How to educate young people on sustainability through sport - tapping into the cultural zeitgeist of purpose to your fans

    How college sports are changing the face of sustainability engagement

    The power of athlete ambassadors to engage and educate
    Climate Change

  • Organisations that fail to protect biodiversity when planning sports events or infrastructure could leave themselves prone to financial or regulatory penalties.

    Does sport need a financial or brand benefit from reducing our environmental impact or do we just have a moral imperative to act?

    How to enhance, restore and reconnect natural habitats in urban environments

    Raise public awareness about biodiversity through your mascot and engagement

    Connecting carbon offsetting to biodiversity programmes, what's the best way forward?

  • Annual meeting of UNFCCC Sport for Climate Action Signatories

    Full agenda to follow
    Climate Change

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