Ecoresponsibility and Tennis Canada
Year after year for the past decade, Tennis Canada has reiterated its commitment to sustainable development by making ecoresponsible measures an integral part of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. In addition, Tennis Canada is proud to partner with RECYC-QUÉBEC as part of the environmental program. Innovation and continued improvement extend the organization’s commitment to all the stakeholders involved in this outstanding event and make Rogers Cup one of Canada’s most ecoresponsible events.
100% CARBON NEUTRAL
The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by the players, employees and volunteers and by tournament operations (energy, transportation, waste) are offset through the purchase of Gold Standard and Gold Standard transition carbon credits, which meet the carbon market’s most stringent requirements.
Rogers Cup has retained its carbon neutral event certification from Planetair since 2008. To date, over 1 100 tonnes of GHG emissions were offset … which is the equivalent of the emissions produced by a vehicle travelling 5.5 million kilometres! The compensation is done through a provincial reforestation project and the creation of green belts in the Laurentians, Lanaudière and Montérégie regions (Terrebonne, Carignan, St-Bruno, Mirabel and Blainville).
OBJECTIVE ZERO WASTE
- Every new purchase is based on the 5Rs principles of waste management (Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover)
- Strategic positioning of sorting stations on the event site, including clear signage indicating proper sorting practices
- Waste generated during the tournament is immediately managed and sorted at a dedicated on-site sorting station run by RCI Environnement
- Compostable dishware and packaging on site
- Recovery of Nespresso capsules by Terracycle
- Green squad on site to raise awareness and provide information on waste sorting and Tennis Canada’s ecoresponsible initiatives
Results: Of the 64 tonnes of waste generated during Rogers Cup in 2016, 87% was recovered through composting and recycling and diverted from landfills.
- Free two-way STM transit pass with the purchase of a tournament ticket
- In 2016, 50 % of Rogers Cup ticketholders (over 170 000 people) used public transit to get to the site
- Directions on how to access Uniprix Stadium by public transit (bus and subway lines) available on the Rogers Cup website
- Secured parking reserved for bicycles
- Free shuttle service to and from the tournament, in collaboration with downtown partner hotels
- 21 electric carts to transport players on site
- Web links to three (3) car-sharing services on the Rogers Cup website (AmigoExpress, AlloStop, Covoiturage)
Results: Rogers Cup provides alternatives to single-occupant car rides, relies on electric and hybrid vehicles and promotes public transit and active transportation (walking, biking), helping to reduce GHG emissions generated by the tournament.
- Responsible procurement guidelines communicated to suppliers and partners each year based on Tennis Canada’s Environmental Policy (developed in 2011)
- Food service suppliers have demonstrated their commitment to sustainable development and actively contribute to the objectives of the Green Plan (local foods, compostable dishware, vegetarian options, food surplus donations, etc.)
- Tournament tickets printed on FSC-certified paper
- Tournament e-tickets available
Results: Tennis Canada favors local suppliers that have adopted sustainable practices, helping to enhance the tournament’s socioeconomic benefits.
- 1 162 volunteers helped make the 2016 edition of the tournament a success
- 35 094 people enjoyed free access to the site during the Family Weekend
- Seating for 900 spectators installed on practice court no. 9
- A giant screen broadcasts the tournament matches in Jarry Park
- Accessibility for disabled persons
- Since 2013, $0.15/ticket is donated to two local food banks (Patro le Prevost and Ressource Action-Alimentaire) to support families in the Villeray and Parc-Extension borough: In 2016, a total of $25 862 was donated and used to provide regular meals, food baskets, emergency food support and basic staples for community kitchens throughout the year. In total, $114,000 have been distributed since 2013!
- Promotional materials donated to Petites-Mains, a social integration organization serving Villeray and Parc-Extension
- Annual participation in National Bank’s On the Ball program: in 2016, over 50 000 tennis balls were donated to schools across Quebec and Ontario. Since 2014, over 157,000 yellow tennis balls have been distributed!
Results: Through its mission and commitment to sustainable development, Tennis Canada contributes to the expansion of healthy communities thanks to the physical, social and emotional benefits of participation in tennis.
COMMUNICATION AND AWARENESS BUILDING
- Green Plan initiatives and results communicated to all stakeholders before and during the tournament (employees, suppliers, sponsors, volunteers, athletes and ticketholders)
- Results published in the Green Plan section of the Rogers Cup website
- Green squad on site to raise awareness and provide information to ticketholders, on-site booth representatives, and volunteers
Results: Stakeholder participation increases year after year, making it possible to achieve impressive results!
Tennis Canada would like to thank the volunteers, suppliers, employees, sponsors and stakeholders who contributed to the attainment of its sustainable development goals. Without their participation and, most importantly, without their dedication and determination to help reduce the tournament’s environmental footprint, many initiatives would not have been possible.
Through actions such as choosing public transit or responsibly sorting waste, you also help us attain great results and protect our planet. Thank you!