Winning the race to zero carbon since Season 1
The concept behind Race for the Future has been embedded in the fabric of SailGP – which is powered by nature – since its inception.
Since its launch in 2018, SailGP has been working on developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy that sets out to deliver exemplary sustainability leadership across its operations, and exploring innovative solutions to technical environmental challenges. The organization has been working toward eliminating single-use plastics, tackling food waste and reducing energy by testing new technologies and using biofuels.
In the championship’s inaugural season, priorities included embedding world-leading practices across the business, eliminating single-use plastics, tackling food waste, and innovating in the field of renewable energy and biofuels.
Marseille included the first test bed of efficient technologies as the global organization transitions to a low carbon support fleet. SailGP is also using both recycled carbon and plastic in the tooling of the existing boats with plans to recycle boat components into new products – on and off the boats – in the coming years.
In June 2019, SailGP became the first league to not only sign the UN Sport for Climate Action Framework as a central organization, but to also get all of its teams to commit. SailGP was also the first event to sign the World Sailing Special Event Sustainability Charter and, having identified an urgent need to reduce the emissions of the league’s support boat fleet, began the transition to low-carbon solutions.
SailGP also set out in its first year to inspire a younger generation, broaden participation and revolutionize the way sailing can be used as a force for good. Launching at the halfway mark in the season, SailGP Inspire engaged 3,021 people in New York, Cowes and Marseille through its three program pathways – Learning, Careers and Racing. A total of 27 students joined the organization across all of its operations to gain essential work experience at the events and see first-hand the wide range of career opportunities within SailGP.
Season 1 by the numbers: