A world-first initiative to make sustainability essential to the fabric of sport and to accelerate the transition to clean energy.
Introduced for SailGP Season 2, the Impact League tracks the positive actions our teams make to reduce their overall carbon footprint and help accelerate inclusivity in sailing.
A second leaderboard, which runs alongside the Season Championship, has been created to monitor the performance of our teams in the Impact League, with each team's score at each SailGP event being added to the overall Impact League leaderboard.
At the end of the season there will be two podiums, with the winner of the Impact League crowned alongside the Season Champion and earning funding for its purpose partner, who supports and advises them throughout the season and is visible on the team’s livery.
SailGP's Impact League has a set of sustainability critera - social and environmental - to operate against with each team awarded points based on its fulfilment of these criteria.
The criteria range from pioneering new technologies focusing on clean energy solutions and removing all single-use plastics, to diversity and inclusion and using the team's voice for good.
Each team will be externally audited and an overall leaderboard created after each event.
SUSTAINABILITY // INNOVATION // ON-WATER // MERCHANDISE // WASTE & SINGLE-USE PLASTIC // TRAVEL & ACCOMODATION // FOOD // USING YOUR VOICE // DIVERSITY & INCLUSION // COLLABORATION
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By 2050, over 570 low-lying coastal cities, including SailGP host venues such as Plymouth, Saint-Tropez and Sydney, will face projected sea level rise by at least 0.5 meters, putting more than 800 million people at risk from the impacts of rising seas, extreme weather and storm surges.
This impact will be felt across all aspects of society, but the world of sport will be particularly affected. There will be no sport without a planet to play it on. Climate impacts could fundamentally change sports locations and how they are played making sport impossible in several locations.
To mitigate this threat, the world of sport needs to come together to create a new ‘sustainable-normal’, where action on impact is not an optional extra but an intrinsic part of the status quo.
For SailGP, a global championship powered by nature that has made leading on the development of new sustainable initiatives part of its founding goal, the creation of the Impact League is a key step on that journey and a way to take responsibility for the change they want to create.
Creating meaningful change on climate is about action and accountability. By independently measuring and auditing every aspect of sustainability, the Impact League ensures that SailGP and its teams are maximizing their efforts, ensuring genuine systematic change and crafting the new ‘sustainable-normal’.
SailGP's ambition is to be the world's most sustainable and purpose-driven global sports and entertainment platform. We believe sport has the power to change the world.
Learn more about Our Purpose, HERE