How much Carbon are we responsible for?
We know that by organising an International event we will generate a carbon footprint, BUT we are committed to minimising this as part of a proactive, responsible approach to endurance event management.
To understand Evergreen's total carbon footprint we first need to measure how much carbon the event will cost for each individual. The main sources of carbon release will come from travel and the event organisation itself.
An entire section of the athlete registration process is devoted to gathering information on the athletes travel arrangements. They will complete basic information on where they will travel from and the modes of transport chosen. If driving, what size car and whether petrol or diesel. Entrants will also be asked if they intend to share their car with other competitors, family or friends. Our aim for the first season is to include a carbon calculator where athletes will be able to measure accurately their footprint and will be informed of the damaging effect of their sport. With the help of our 'green' partners we can then show athletes how they can reduce their Carbon footprint, and if they choose, allow them to pay a small cost to off-set their travel footprint.
The data gathered from this section of the registration process could also allow us to develop:
- Car pooling programs
- Further carbon off-setting
- Group airport transport options or 'park and ride' schemes
We will work with specialists in environmental audit to calculate the predicted and actual carbon footprint. They will assess factors across the entire organisation from; our electricity demands to vehicle usage, volunteer requirements and aid station products. We will then work together to create short, medium and long term environmental goals for following low impact event management.