We work on a number of cross-organisation programmes and partnerships to support our environmental sustainability work. Here’s a few that have taken place to date:
Mile Markers: waste recovery and circularity
In collaboration with the charity Blueprint for All and the organisation Scal3d, we are producing new mile markers for the 2022 TCS London Marathon:
- made from recycled plastics, including waste from our events and ocean plastic
Better Bankside Business Climate Challenge: taking climate action
In 2021 we became members of the Mayor of London’s Better Bankside Business Climate Challenge.
Our pledge: to become more energy efficient and cut energy usage across our head office by more than 10 per cent in the scheme’s first year.
While we’re already on a renewable energy tariff, this pledge helps reduce demand on our energy resources while also saving costs.
Carbon balancing: partnering with Climate Impact Partners
We know that carbon offsets are not a long-term solution to damaging greenhouse gas emissions, but we believe it is better to balance our impact while we continue our work to reduce emissions.
This is why we’ve taken the approach to offset carbon emissions we currently cannot reduce alongside a programme of reduction.
NEW PARTNER: Climate Impact Partners – specialist in market solutions for climate action
Founding members of the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA).
We worked with our new partner to compensate our Scope 1 and travel emissions, including travel of elite athletes, staff, contractors and international participants.
The projects we have offset our emissions through include:
All the carbon finance projects we work with are independently audited, validated and verified to recognised global standards – the Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard (Verra).
Bottle belts and hydration packs: promoting hydration self-sufficiency
We have a duty of care to provide our participants with appropriate hydration.
All bottles we provide at our events are made from recycled plastic, designed to be collected for recycling directly by the manufacturer in a closed loop. However we also want to continue to encourage participant self-sufficiency to reduce plastic consumption at our events.
All our participants can use their own hydration packs and we encourage them to use bottle belts. Research from 2019 showed that, on average, participants who used a bottle belt took 40 per cent fewer Buxton Natural Mineral Water bottles during the London Marathon.