Golf’s European Tour has announced it will be zero carbon by 2040 after signing the United Nations’ Sport for Climate Action Framework.
This is the first Tour to aim for net zero, joining other organizations such as European football body UEFA.
Getting to net zero means reducing emissions and balance whatever remains with various green practices.
European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said: “As a global brand, we have a clear responsibility.
“Our net zero commitment shows that we take environmental responsibility and the role we can play seriously.”
Last year four-time major winner Rory McIlroy paid thousands to offset his carbon footprint after feeling environmental ‘guilt’ while traveling in private jets to tournaments.
McIlroy now pays additional fees, estimated at around $150,000 (£110,000) a year, to offset its carbon footprint.
“I wouldn’t claim to be an eco-warrior,” McIlroy said.
“But I’m someone who doesn’t want to harm the environment. So how can I make my trip around the world neutral? How can I neutralize what I’m doing?”
The Sports for Climate Action Framework (UNFCCC) was created by the United Nations (UN) for sports organizations to address climate change through five principles, including efforts to reduce overall climate impact, educate to climate action and promote sustainable and responsible consumption.
The UN’s Race to Zero commitment requires all signatories to commit to reducing direct emissions by 50% by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2040.
Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, Head of UN Sports for Climate Action, said: “The Sports for Climate Action Framework aims to bring sport to net zero emissions by 2040 in line with maintaining global temperature rise. global at 1.5 degrees.
“It’s no small feat or an easy undertaking, but to safeguard the future of sport, we must all come together to win the race against climate change.”