All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is working on four major sustainability targets to make Wimbledon a ‘zero waste’ event by 2030. The initiative was launched with the start of the zero carbon emission project last year with installation of LED lights and electric lawn movers.
Taking the initiative forward, Wimbledon will start to generate renewable energy on-site and plans to electrify its vehicle fleet to reach its objective of becoming net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.
The strategy includes, reviewing and replacing current generators with renewable alternatives and compensate for its unavoidable emissions by investing in forest protection schemes. The target is to make Wimbledon a zero-waste event and claim “net gains” in biodiversity, states the Sustainability Report – The Inside Track on Sport Sustainability.
Throughout 2020, the AELTC will buy renewable electricity and start to build “decarbonisation plans” into its long-term estate development projects. It will also introduce a meter system to monitor and control energy consumption while reporting on setting reduction targets for scope one and two greenhouse gas emissions.
The AELTC will spend 2020 conducting a baseline survey of site ecology and set a target to enhance local biodiversity.
The other plans include the introduction of a returnable cup scheme, the installation of water refill points and the increased sourcing of recyclable catering consumables to reach the 2020 waste reduction goals. To achieve zero waste by 2030, the AELTC will introduce water harvesting technology at new developments, design more reusable and recyclable products using renewable materials, and create an on-site composting area for grass and garden cuttings.
Wimbledon’s fourth 2030 objective is to “inspire wider action” among others.