Rugby’s 2030 Eco-Strategy: A Playbook for a Sustainable World

Posted on 24 August 2023

Rugby's 2030 Eco-StrategyClimate change isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a reality that’s affecting us all, including the world of rugby. As a sport with global reach—boasting fans and players in over 120 countries—Rugby has both the platform and the responsibility to make a difference.

The Blueprint for Change

World Rugby’s “Ecological Resilience Blueprint 2030” is more than just a document; it’s a commitment and a roadmap. It outlines how the sport plans to contribute to a more sustainable and equitable world.

From the C-Suite

Alan Gilpin, World Rugby’s CEO, didn’t mince words during his talk at Global Sport Week 2022. He said, “Climate change is the defining challenge of our time, affecting not just the planet but our ability to enjoy and play rugby. While our sport may not be the biggest contributor to environmental issues, we have a moral obligation to be proactive and accountable. In any successful team, everyone has a role, and this is no different.”

The Front Lines of Climate Change

Consider this: 70% of Samoa’s population lives in areas vulnerable to rising sea levels, and Tonga is second only to Vanuatu in climate risk, according to the UN. Players and communities are already feeling the heat, literally, from extreme weather to rising sea levels.

The Pacific islands, often considered the soul of rugby, are among the most at-risk communities globally. It’s crucial that they align their actions with their core values of unity and respect to make a meaningful impact.

Key Focus Areas

World Rugby has identified three main pillars:

  1. Climate Action: Addressing their carbon footprint, aligning with the 2015 Paris Agreement, and using rugby’s influence to advocate for climate awareness.
  2. Resource Management: Tackling the use of single-use plastics and improving waste management strategies.
  3. Environmental Stewardship: Exploring how rugby can contribute to ecosystem health and overall environmental well-being.

Our Commitments

The 2030 Blueprint is built on four foundational elements:

  1. Governance: Establishing strong oversight and accountability mechanisms.
  2. Direct Impact: Addressing the immediate environmental effects of rugby events and activities.
  3. Sustainable Events: Ensuring that rugby events are planned and executed with sustainability in mind.
  4. Education and Advocacy: Spreading knowledge and encouraging a culture of sustainability within the rugby community.

In essence, rugby has the power to be more than just a game; it can be a force for good in the world. The Ecological Resilience Blueprint 2030 is their pledge to take meaningful steps toward a more sustainable future.

Read World Rugby’s Ecological Resilience Blueprint 2030 here.

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