FEI World Champs steps up support for climate protection

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The Stutteri Ask Stadium at Herning.
The Stutteri Ask Stadium at Herning. © MCH/Lars Møller

National Federations taking part in the FEI World Championships in Denmark this weekend have been invited to participate in a climate protection project to offset CO2 emissions.

Working with German company First Climate, Herning2022 is supporting a wind power project in Northwestern Turkey. The wind farm is located in the hills along the Marmara Sea coast, an area with ideal conditions for sustainable electricity generation from wind power. The project has 35 wind turbines that provide more than 100,000 people per year with clean electricity. Its financial setup rests on selling the carbon credits that the renewable energy generates. Besides the climate impact, the project also creates local jobs. The project has been certified by the internationally recognized Gold Standard.

Signing up is voluntary for the 50 National Federations taking part in the FEI World Championship in Jumping, Dressage, Para-Dressage, and Vaulting in Herning from August 6 to 14. It will be the largest equestrian event ever on Danish soil.

The ambition is to set a new benchmark for sustainability in large sports events such as the World Championships. Working closely with the local municipality, the Herning2022 Organising Committee has created several other “green” initiatives, including the planting of 60,000 trees in the FEI World Championships Forest on the outskirts of Herning. The forest will be “the legacy of the organizers and their partners and provide long-lasting inspiration that benefits animals, humans, and nature”.

Jens Trabjerg, one of the Herning2022 organisers, said there had been great interest in the carbon offsetting project, and federations can join right up until the last competitions have been completed.

“We want to create lasting positive impacts, and we can’t do that alone. We are very happy to see, that so many of the National Federations are supporting us in this agenda, and we are proud to feature them on our different channels and acknowledge their commitment when they join us in our ambition to make this event more sustainable.

“This is our planet, and we must all be a part of the solution. We are so grateful for the support and backing we have received for this initiative. Every day new federations register,” Trabjerg said.

The tree planting ceremony of the FEI World Championships Forest in Herning, Denmark.
Mayor of Herning Dorthe West (third from left) with the CEO of Growing Trees Kim Nielsen (far left), and Herning 2022 Organising Committee Founders Jens Trabjerg and Casper Cassoe (far right) at the tree planting ceremony in the FEI World Championships Forest in June. © Herning2022 Organising Committee

Herning2022 will provide each National Federation with a certificate testifying that they have contributed to compensation for the CO2-emissions from the World Championships.

Laura Ann Lüdtke of First Climate said the group was delighted to work with such a large-scale sporting event. “Herning2022 set very precise sustainability goals from day one. We appreciate the Herning2022 organizers’ strong commitment to reducing their carbon footprint and working on many different sustainable solutions. It shows that everybody can take small steps and make a difference.”

Herning2022 aims to create a new benchmark for sustainability at major sporting events, with its “three principles of sustainability”: Seek positive ripple effects; Think circular; and Engage all suppliers in a dialogue on sustainability.

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