Sustainability

BEACH VOLLEYBALL AS A SUSTAINABLE SPORT

In today’s world, it is crucial to recognize the effect of the climate change and exploit sport events to educate athletes, audiences and organizers to some basic sustainable situations.

eco-250-325For several years now, the FIVB and Global Sports Alliance (GSA) have joined forces to help raise environment awareness through sport. The Ecoflag symbolizes the commitment to the environment of sports-lovers and everyone who knows the importance and irreplaceable nature of the water, air and greenery that surrounds us. The Ecoflag program is linked to the United Nations environment program (UNEP).

A sustainable sports effort is a natural fit between sports’ embodied values such as health, respect, inclusion and fair play, and the values linked to incorporating responsible environmental, social and governance practices.

sset-300-339sustainable-200-436Starting from 2010, a chapter on responsible organization of Beach Volleyball events had been included in the annual edition of the Beach Volleyball Handbook. The focus had been placed on suggestions and basic steps to be undertaken, as well as sharing the practices already being implemented during the organization of the FIVB World Tour events` legs. These chapters and the information included in this section had been realized with the cooperation and resources of the International Academy of Sport Science and Technology (AISTS) and is an official adaptation of the Sustainable Sport and Event Toolkit (SSET) developed by the AISTS and the Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). SSET is supported by the International Olympic Committee and aims to give sport organisations the knowledge and tools to incorporate sustainability into their business practices and to execute sustainable sport events.

SSET integrates the management & sustainability practices recommended by the following organisations into a realistic application for sport events:

  • Olympic Movement Agenda 21
  • IOC Guide on Sport, Environment, and Sustainable Development
  • ISO 14001-14006 on Environmental Management Systems (ISO-Organisation for Standardisation) – ISO 26000 on Social Responsibility
  • BSI 8900-8901 on Sustainable Event Management (British Standards Institute)
  • GRI G3 Sustainable Reporting Guidelines (GRI-Global Reporting Initiative)
  • SMRS (Vancouver 2010 Sustainability Management and Reporting System)

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As of 2011, FIVB has also become an official member of the AISTS, benefiting from a global network to learn and share experiences and facilitated workshops, sustainability strategy advice, stakeholders dialogue, sustainability studies, research and results, as well as integrated socio-economic-environmental impact assessment.

The opportunities for Beach Volleyball event organizers embracing sustainability are vast and include: increasing sponsorship appeal, engaging stakeholders, reducing their environmental footprint, reducing costs, and implementing a thorough and accountable quality management process. Beach Volleyball event`s organizers also have an opportunity to work with athletes, spectators, sponsors and their host region to achieve a positive change and promote their event.

Smaller organizations and events should not underestimate the value of increasing their sustainability plans. In conjunction with SSET, which can be referred to at http://sustainable-sport.org/, the FIVB would like to provide to event stakeholders with the tools to incorporate sustainability and to plan and execute sustainable sport events. Every Beach Volleyball event is different and will require different sustainability efforts. The goal of this section is to provide the information and resources needed to choose what currently works the specific event and apply it. Current best practices and innovative examples are also highlighted of sustainable sport planning to manage environmental, social, economic and legacy impacts and opportunities are given.

In 2009, 2010 and 2011 several promoters showed leadership and implemented a successful sustainability program and initiatives, and their examples featured in the sections should serve as an aspiration and a motivation for all Involved in Beach Volleyball.

SUSTAINABLE SPORT AND EVENT TOOLKIT (SSET)

A summary of the information featured in the SSET has been provided below, allowing you to apply the needed instructions, suggestions and/or practices to the needs of your Beach Volleyball activity.

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SUSTAINABLE COMMITMENT, STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT

Make an organizational commitment to sustainability and sustainable sport events. Strive to be accountable for low-footprint, low-carbon, low/zero waste, inclusive, accessible and ethical sport and events.

GOAL – OBJECTIVE

ACTION TO BE TAKEN

Create a commitment statement on organizing
a sustainable sport event

Write a public commitment statement outlining your intention to organize a sustainable sport event and communicate it both, internally and externally.

Identify your key sustainable issues and stakeholders

Involve your key partners (E.g. sponsors, local partners, authorities) to secure collaboration. Invite these key partners to be part of the commitment statement.

Define your scope

Determine time span, location, event and key activities to be addressed.

Identify and assess your risks and opportunities

Identify any risks/opportunities associated with your sustainable event and evaluate the magnitude and likelihood of these risks / opportunities occurring.

Plan to leave a positive legacy

Identify the top three things your event plans to accomplish: to leave the site, venue, services, community or sport organization better off once the sport event is finished.

Commit to benchmarking key measures for the next sustainable sport event

Track progress of key measures across relevant areas of your organization. Using this information, set new targets and update the sustainability plan for the following season’s event.

GOOD TO KNOW

As per a study published in SustainableBusiness.com, an overwhelming majority of corporate CEOs--93%--say that sustainability will be critical to the future success of their companies, in spite of the recent economic downturn. Furthermore, CEOs believe that, within a decade, a tipping point could be reached that fully meshes sustainability with core business.

MANAGEMENT

Top management shall implement the sustainable policies by forming and giving support to its staff – sustainability project team. Team’s performance then should be evaluated through measurable objectives and targets.

GOAL – OBJECTIVE

ACTION TO BE TAKEN

Designate a green/ sustainable team leader
and form a team

Designate a sustainable leader to oversee implementation of the commitment and the designated implementation team (could include a leader, a recruiter and trainer, a data person/secretary, a reporter/communicator).

Establish a ‘way to work’ together

Determine task leaders; budget (if any); method to track progress; and frequency of team’s meetings.

Set measurable sustainability objectives
and targets

Address relevant (locally significant/ meaningful to your main stakeholders) environmental, social and economic impacts and opportunities.

E.g. Carbon responsible, low carbon or carbon neutral events. Zero waste or low waste to landfill events. Inclusive events for local and international people of visible minorities, people with disabilities, high inclusivity/community involvement goals.

Perform regular checks and reviews of
objectives and targets

Check stakeholder satisfaction, whether you and your suppliers are meeting contractual obligations, achievement of objectives and implementation of previous review recommendations.

Commit to documenting and reporting on your sustainability policy

Sustainability reporting is the practice of measuring, disclosing and being accountable for organizational performance while working towards the goal of sustainable development.

A sustainability report provides a balanced and reasonable representation of the sustainability performance of the reporting organization, including both positive and negative contributions. Note that documenting is a vital part of a successful knowledge transfer system.

SITE SELECTION AND CONSTRUCTION

In the planning phase of your Beach Volleyball event, the focus must be to minimize its ecological footprint. It is important to ensure the venue will be centrally located, that it will be barrier-free, have a clean-air policy and a restoration plan.

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GOAL – OBJECTIVE

ACTION TO BE TAKEN

Select sites and venues with a minimal ecological footprint

-Choose existing sites and venues where possible;

-Consider temporary or portable infrastructures;

-Share your venue with other events or users, if possible;

-Build for a sustainable legacy by integrating the needs of the community;

-Respect local culture and heritage.

Choose centrally located sites and venues

Athletes, officials and spectators should have short and/or convenient commuting distances from sport event sites and accommodation.

Ensure barrier-free access for everyone

Select/construct sites and venues that are barrier free (e.g. wheelchair accessible) and in locations that are accessible for all modes of transportation.

Select/build venues with efficient
water technologies

Include storm water capture and re-use; low-flow toilets and no-flow urinals; use grey water; water-saver taps, etc.

Select/build energy efficient venues

Include clean and/or energy-efficient heating, cooling, air cooling and venting windows and lights.

Ensure clean air by avoiding pollution

Use environmentally sustainable construction materials which don’t off-gas, pollutants or allergens.

Use ecologically friendly and certified wood

-Source certified (e.g. FSC - Forest Stewardship Council), local and low-impact wood (e.g. bamboo) and avoid old-growth timber;

-Use recycled or reclaimed wood.

Select/build venues which minimize soil, flora and fauna impacts

Use toxin-free materials, avoid cutting down trees and do not build in environmentally sensitive ecosystems, apply green building guidelines, apply smart site selection principles.

Include a site restoration plan

Avoid landfill waste by adding recycling and to the natural environments through replanting and clean-up.

TRANSPORTATION & ACCOMMODATION

Transportation and accommodation are two items that potentially leave big ecological footprints. The aim is to favor green fleets, public transportation, and accommodation thereby minimizing negative impact to air quality and climate.

GOAL – OBJECTIVE

ACTION TO BE TAKEN

Offer accessible public transportation services

Liaise with local public transportation authorities to ensure sufficient and effective modes of public transportation.

Choose transportation modes that ideally use low emission technologies

Use low emission shuttle vehicles, bicycles, hybrid cars, etc.

Support sustainable accommodation

Choose sustainable and socially responsible accommodation close to sport events venue which supports local tourism (E.g. Hotel Association of Canada - Green Step, hotels with green and/or socially responsible programs and practices).

Provide smart-driving guidelines and education

Provide athletes and spectators with information and incentives on how to reduce their environmental impact through travel. Provide guidelines and training for all event workforce vehicle drivers on items such as a no-idling policy, maintenance of vehicles and other fuel saving measures.

GOOD TO KNOW

Improvements, which include new cycle crossings, improved paving and lighting for safety and security, will not only help spectators travelling to the Olympic Park and other London venues, but will leave London much better connected for cyclists and pedestrians after the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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VENUE AND OFFICE MANAGEMENT

Aim of sustainable venue and office management is to minimize negative impacts in the environment through energy, waste, water, paper and noise management.

GOAL – OBJECTIVE

ACTION TO BE TAKEN

Implement responsible energy management practices

-Operate site and venue lighting, heating and cooling optimally. Use spectator signage and operational staff training and on-going inspections.

-Purchase low-energy designated office equipment (i.e. EnergyStar), turn off all lights, computers, printers, coffee machines, etc., purchase green electricity.

Implement responsible waste management practices

-Keep the site and venue litter-free through efficient use and placement of garbage and recycling bins;

-Train staff and volunteers;

-Find ways to prevent the creation of waste.

Implement responsible noise management practices

Reduce and prevent noise through signage, respect by-laws, training and inspections.

Ensure clean air

Implement a no-smoking policy, use biodegradable cleaning products and limit the use of vehicles on-site.

Implement responsible water and snow management practices

Measure and reduce water usage in your venues and use water from renewable sources

Strive to be paperless

-Read, send and post electronic documents where possible. Print double-sided where applicable and always on recycled paper;

-Implement electronic systems for event registration, communications and finances where possible.

COMMUNITY & SUPPLY CHAIN

The organizers of the event should strive to involve their respective community and engage in an ethical and transparent supply-chain that would help support sustainable sport event commitment.

GOAL – OBJECTIVE

ACTION TO BE TAKEN

Establish a sustainable purchasing policy

Establish a policy that contains the contracting procedures and a code of conduct to source products and services that are both sustainable and ethical.

Recruit from the local community, encourage diversity and follow ethical hiring practices

Use local organizations for applicable temporary jobs, volunteers and contractors (E.g. waste recycling services, cleanup crews, entry level job agencies and those that recruit from local enterprises and/or those that support socially-diverse people, people with disabilities). Ensure a fair wage system.

Seek sustainable sponsors

Seek sponsors with the commitment and capability to help achieve sustainable sport event goals. Examples of what sponsors can bring include low waste and low carbon solutions; ethical sourcing and sustainable operations; track record of community involvement.

Integrate event with local community stakeholders

Actively seek to get the support and involvement of the tourism office, city and regional authorities, local organizations, etc.

Lease, rent or buy local, environmentally friendly and community-inclusive

Use local enterprises and those that support socially-diverse people, and people with disabilities.

Donate equipment to local sport and community organisations

Donate to local schools, public recreation centres and community sport clubs that can make good use of sporting equipment.

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CATERING, FOOD & BEVERAGE

Food and beverage is an area where events can significantly reduce their impact and at the same time improve the customer experience. By offering local and seasonal food and beverages, events can minimize transportation issues, reduce waste from packaging, and contribute to the local community.

GOAL – OBJECTIVE

ACTION TO BE TAKEN

Reduce ecological footprint of food

Source from fair-trade, organic, seasonal, local and regional sources where possible, high percentage of fruits and vegetables and use tap water where appropriate.

Promote healthy diets

Choose healthy food products (fresh, in season where possible, non-trans fat, low sugar, fruit and vegetables, grains).

Minimize food waste and maximize composting and recycling

-Minimize food waste by cooking to order as much as possible and link with composting waste management system.

-Provide recycling and composting bins in convenient locations.

Reduce food packaging waste

Procure food with biodegradable, recyclable and/ or minimum packaging.

Contribute to local community

Ask caterers to donate unused food to local shelters.

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATION

The objective is to promote sustainability internally and externally while at the same time raising the profile and image of your event and with your key stakeholders.

GOAL – OBJECTIVE

ACTION TO BE TAKEN

Implement a clear sustainable marketing plan for a
consistent branding strategy

Choose a few focused messages as part of your branding strategy and use them throughout the event.

Promote your image by communicating your key messages and values

-Use your leadership and position of influence on sustainability to promote the sustainable aspects of the image of your event.

-Be careful not to overuse marketing terms and images that are either not accurate or oversell an organizations environmental practices. This can both hurt your credibility and open you up to sanctions by advertising authorities.

Communicate in an environmentally friendly way

Make sure your communication is consistent with your sustainability message by avoiding unnecessary paper, flyers, mail-outs, etc.

Integrate your sponsors and stakeholders into your sustainable marketing plans

Invite alignment and support by sponsors on your branding and marketing strategies.

Make everyone part of your cause (see also Athlete and Public Engagement in the following section)

The more volunteers, participants, officials, etc. buy into what you are doing, the more likely they can help get your message out.

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Clinic for local kids at Brasilia tournament

ATHLETE AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

To inspire, engage and recognize Beach Volleyball athletes’ and public involvement in sustainable living choices. Utilize these resources to transmit your message to the wider audience.

GOAL – OBJECTIVE

ACTION TO BE TAKEN

Engage athletes and the sporting community

-Identify primary target audience – high performance athletes (local and international) and the respective National Federation, Federal and Provincial/State government Ministries of Sport/Health/Environment; Corporate Sponsors; Non-government Organizations;

-Place emphasis on organizations with resources (financial, technical and human) and similar interests

Define the “call to action”

-Identify the key areas of action for recognition;

-Reduction of carbon footprint by individual actions taken;

-Initiatives that involve others and other organizations.

-Actions can include sport activity: reducing waste and recycling, volunteering in your community, coaching a local team, buying locally, hosting a local community event to celebrate participation.

Define the modes of communication

Build on existing individual status and programs:

-Identify champions, athletes, ambassadors, opinion leaders, celebrities to help tell the story and inspire action;

-Identify the means of promoting and inviting the “call to action” (website, events, newsletter, Public Service Announcements);

-Identify the means to recognize progress and results, stories and examples of participation (profile through media, web and event communications).

Provide resources for engagement

Provide kits or guides for sport groups, schools, community groups with information about the issue, “call to action”, tracking, recognition and celebration activities.

Track and report results

-Identify what you want to track and report (i.e. numbers, types of commitment, and demographics of participants).

-Select which tools you can use to calculate and report results to the “call for action”.

Example: carbon calculator for athletes or public on travel – what transportation means were used??

Celebrate the results

Identify the ways and means to celebrate results through recognition, profiling, awards, certificates, stories and showcasing. Post letters, quotes, twitter.

SUCCESSFUL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS AT THE FIVB WORLD TOUR EVENTS

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Vila Recicleiros at FIVB World Tour Open in Brasilia

FIVB SWATCH WORLD TOUR BRASILIA OPEN IN BRASILIA, BRAZIL

Developed in order to continue the action started in 2008, the Environmental Project Events was presented for the first time in 2009 and repeated in 2010 and 2011, guaranteeing the control and reduction of environmental impact due to its achievement, social development and local involvement and awareness of the attendance.

Athletes, organizers, service providers and spectators were involved in communication activities to ensure greater coverage of the message and collaborating in the development of social and environmental outcomes. The Vila Recicleiros was a place planned for promoting interaction with event’s audience. It was the largest spot ever implemented by Recicleiros, covering an area as big as 500m2 of sheltered space throughout a total area of 800m2, where the people may experience practical sustainability solutions. The Vila comprises six stations, each with a qualified monitor, and will enable people to better understand the environmental impact caused by waste production during the event, as well as the benefits from recycling and the importance of being aware of the fact that “garbage is not exactly garbage”.

Sustainability Program

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STATION 1: CONSCIOUS CONSUMPTION/BEHAVIOR

The way one consumes determines the production of goods and services available on the market. Get ready to check out how powerful your choices may be as far as the environment is concerned.

STATION 2: ORGANIC CULTURE

 

How can your health and the planet benefit from organic food? How could you use all the organic matter you dispose of and make your own composter? How can you grow your own vegetables even if you don’t have so much room at home? You will find an answer to these questions at this station.

STATION 3: REUSING MATERIALS

 

A different look at garbage and the role that creativity plays while we turn waste matter into useful everyday products. A part of the setting specially designed for this station was made out of discarded tyres.

STATION 4: RECYCLING

 

A way to achieve environmental solutions and social benefits from taking a closer look at waste gathering in the cities. This is a practical station where all the waste produced during the event is selected, pressed, and marketed by local supply cooperatives.

STATION 5: RECYCLING CIGARETTE BUTTS

 

Ms. Therese Hofmann from the Brasilia University Art Institute has developed a procedure whereby cigarette butts are reprocessed into paper. This station will show how everything can be recycled by means of creativity, effort, and research including the most unlikely materials.

STATION 6: ENVIRONMENTAL TENT

 

A stand where workshops, exhibitions, and talks will be held along with audiovisual resources.

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Separating the recyclable materials
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Recycling in Brasilia

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Venue of the FIVB World Tour Grand Slam in Gstaad, Switzerland

FIVB SWATCH WORLD TOUR 1to1 energy GRAND SLAM IN GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND

Organizers of the Grand Slam in Gstaad, having a unique venue location in the Swiss Alpes, are to maintain certain environmental responsibilities to preserve it. The following steps have been implemented for several years now and have proved to be an asset to the organizers.

  • Forces have been joined with another international event – the Tennis Suisse Open which takes place 2 weeks after the Beach Volleyball event – in order to re-use the same venue - seating, stands, tents and grounds.
  • 1to1 energy (the main local sponsor of the FIVB SWATCH WORLD TOUR Grand Slam in Gstaad) supplies the energy for the event from renewable sources, in particular using the electricity produced from the solar panels on the roof of the nearby Stade de Suisse stadium in Bern.
  • Athletes, officials and spectators of the event are offered short and convenient commuting distances from the sport venue to the accommodations (the main part of the accommodations is located in the centre of Gstaad).
  • All stakeholders of the Grand Slam in Gstaad are encouraged to use train for their journey to Gstaad, by offering a special train ticket offer from the RailAway: visitors travelling by train get a 20% discount on train tickets to and from Gstaad and, in addition, a 10% discount on tickets for the event.
  • The venue benefits from efficient use and placement of garbage cans, recycling bins (PET) and waste separation.
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    1 to 1 Energy tent in Gstaad
  • Shuttle bicycles “Rikscha Taxis” provided from 1to1 energy and a little train (“Saanen Bank Zug”) which transports the visitors from the Centre Court to the Side Courts and to other places in the village
  • Bicycle parking
  • Regional/local sources (for food, construction materials, decoration etc.) are used to provide services, and VIP-Catering is provided directly from the adjoining hotel (Grand Hotel Bellevue).
  • Rented furniture in the VIP-zones guarantees re-used material and avoids production.
  • PET-Cups for drinks have proved to be an excellent initiative being used in many of today’s sporting events.
  • Prevention Programme Cool & Clean promotes fair and clean sport and a no-smoking policy.
  • Comfortable area for disabled audience in the stadium provides opportunity for an excellent viewing of the competition.
  • Collaboration with regional clubs/associations to involve the local community in the organization of the event.
  • The event’s programme is printed on FSC-paper to place the environmental responsibility as the face of the Grand Slam in Gstaad.
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Separating the recyclable materials
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Recycling in Brasilia

FIVB SWATCH WORLD TOUR SANYA OPEN 2010, SANYA, CHINA

Sanya Open has dedicated a lot of efforts towards environmental responsibility and sustainability since 2008, especially in respect to the competition courts maintenance and volunteers involvement.

PROTECTING THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

As the competition courts of SANYA OPEN tournament are located on of beach, embankments had been constructed in order not to disturb the beach and marine environment.

PRESERVING GREENERY

Means have been invested in preserving and developing greenery around the venue of the competition.

INVOLVEMENT OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

 

Local community members have been involved as volunteers at the event to clean up litters and separate the recyclable items, which provide a firsthand experience of awareness of environmental responsibility among teenagers.

The Organizers of the Sanya Open tournament are dedicated to further develop activities and increase the awareness of sustainable matters

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2011 VISA FIVB Beach Volleyball International Olympic Test Event

SUSTAINABILITY AT THE 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES IN LONDON

For the 2012 Olympic Games in London sustainability had been included in the planning process from the very start. LOCOG`s aim was to set new standards, creating positive, lasting change for the environment and communities. For London 2012, 'sustainability' has been far more than being 'green'. It has been part of LOCOG`s thinking – from the planning, building and working, buying, to the playing, socializing and travelling; ultimately everything that was being done.

From the bid for the 2012 Games, LOCOG committed to use venues already existing in the UK where possible; only make permanent structures that will have a long-term use after the Games; and build temporary structures for everything else. Their idea has been to use the Games as a catalyst for change, for the improvement of quality of life in East London and encourage more sustainable living across the whole of the UK.

5-KEY-ELEMENTS-OF-SUSTAINABILITY-450-409The Sustainability Plan focused on five key themes:

  • Climate change: minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring legacy facilities are able to cope with the impacts of climate change;
  • Waste: minimizing waste at every stage of the project, ensuring no waste is sent to landfill during Games-time, and encouraging the development of new waste processing infrastructure in East London;
  • Biodiversity: minimizing the impact of the Games on wildlife and their habitats in and around Games venues, leaving a legacy of enhanced habitats where we can, e.g. the Olympic Park;
  • Inclusion: Promoting access for all and celebrating the diversity of London and the UK, creating new employment, training and business opportunities;
  • Healthy living: Inspiring people across the country to take up sport and develop active, healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
GOOD TO KNOW

Inspired by the Games, more than 4,000 school pupils from 180 schools have taken part in the event to carry the 1948 London and 1956 Melbourne Olympic Torches through every London borough during October 2011.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL EQUIPMENT RECYCLING INITIATIVE “I AM SUSTAINABLE AND SOLIDER”

The Recycling Initiative sees an implementation of a year-round program enabling Beach Volleyball events’ organizers to recycle their used Beach Volleyball equipment and provide this equipment to the FIVB affiliated National Volleyball Federations in need. This follows the FIVB mission to develop Beach Volleyball worldwide and increase the awareness of the sport.

create-reduce-500-421The recycling initiative will allow FIVB National Federations in need to acquire Beach Volleyball equipment /material for free and to develop Beach Volleyball activities in their territory. This will also help the organizers of the Continental Cup tournaments in the five Continental Confederations’ territories (launched by the FIVB in June 2010) to facilitate athletes’ training and Beach Volleyball events in each and every territory, and, ultimately involve every FIVB stakeholder in adding sustainability to the sport of Beach Volleyball. The recycling initiative will also allow established promoters and National Federations to put any used material in a good use.

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QUANTIS AND THE FIVB: AIMING AT REDUCING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF BEACH VOLLEYBALL

For the first time, Sustainability point was given a true weight in the agenda of the 2011 FIVB World Tour Council. Two organizations, the FIVB partner AISTS represented by Ms. Braga, Scientific Head of Sustainable Sport and Events and Quantis represented by Mr. Bochatay, Sports and Event, were given floor to present their services and structure to all the FIVB World Tour organizers. The response of the attendees was immediately positive, and it was concluded by the President of the Beach Volleyball Commission, Dr. Ary S. Graça Fº that professional input form organizations able to provide support in Sustainable activities/ plan will be the future of the sport`s development.

By measuring environmental impacts and their origins, we are able to engage focused and efficient actions to reduce environmental footprint. We can also create awareness of this commitment among our partners and the audience and have them help us in our environmental efforts.

GOOD TO KNOW

A very popular sport, Beach Volleyball has tons of media coverage. It is a great chance to educate the general public by monitoring and reducing the environmental impacts of the tournaments.

Quantis is a leading Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) consulting firm specialized in supporting companies to measure, understand and manage the environmental impacts of their products, services and operations. Quantis is a global company with offices in the United States, Canada, Switzerland and France and employs close to 70 people, amongst which several are internationally renowned experts in the LCA field.

LCA makes it possible to determine a complete ecological and socioeconomic assessment of an event, a product or even a whole organization. The environmental component of an LCA usually takes some 5 potential impact indicators into account, including carbon, water and human health.

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CASE STUDY: WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF BRINGING SAND TO A COURT?

From an LCA perspective, a Beach Volleyball event is considered as a system, without omitting any activity or group of people. As an example, various groups belong to this system: teams, spectators, members of the staff and officials, media representatives and so on… Under the angle of its activities, the system of a Beach Volleyball event is composed of its management and administration, the preparation of the court area, the transport of the stakeholders, the competition itself, and media coverage. Finally, from a timeline point of view, each phase should be considered: preparation, event and post-event.

A very simple case study is developed here, on an indispensable aspect of the organization of a Beach Volleyball event: bringing the sand to the courts. Two fictive scenarios are developed here. Scenario 1 considers using 2500 tons of silica sand from Belgium. The sand is brought to Switzerland (750km) combining two means of transport. 70% of the distance is being done by train, and then the sand is transferred on lorry for the remaining distance. The second scenario is using the same type of sand, coming from the South of France. The distance is shorter (600 km). However, the transportation is done by a truck.

For each scenario, the sand is stored into an open shed onsite in order to be reused for ten editions of the event.

Two main findings result from the above case study. First, the comparison of the scenarios shows that in spite of the longest distance between the event and the sand production site, the scenario 2 can reduce the total impacts on the environment. Second, within each scenario, the relative importance of each phase is available. For example, we can see here that the storage has negligible impacts compared to the sand production and transport phases.

In conclusion, the choice of transport, solutions to reuse as much as possible the sand at the same site or finding synergies with similar events nearby in order to reduce the overall distances from the sand production site can significantly reduce the environmental impact of that small aspect of organizing a Beach Volleyball event. A similar approach can be undertaken for the other organizational aspects and categories of the event, in order to develop an efficient and comprehensive environmental approach.

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RELEVANT CONTACTS

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Denis Bochatay

Sports and events

denis.bochatay@quantis-intl.com

Tel. +41 21 693 91 98

skype: denis.bochatay

Mob. +41 76 205 02 03

www.quantis-intl.com

Fax. +41 21 693 91 96

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