YEARS:

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

52 Super Series

11th Hour Racing Sponsorship

Since 2015, 11th Hour Racing has partnered with the 52 SUPER SERIES to integrate practices and processes that minimize the environmental impact of their events and use the global platform as a showcase for environmental issues.

The full list of policies and initiatives included in the Series’ Sustainability plan targets the core elements of the event: water supply, waste policies, food provision, fuel usage, materials, and transport.

A highlight of sustainability initiatives through this partnership include:

  • Removal of single-use plastic bottles from the event through the acquisition of a water filtration system and the provision of aluminum water bottles removing 29,000 single-use water bottles from circulation each year.
  • Carbon footprint reduction through offsetting the entire footprint of all event operations including flights, electricity, water, and fuel. Organized sustainable transport including shuttle bus services and cycling events.
  • Reducing waste by engaging vendors in sourcing environmentally responsible products, recycling, and reusing event signage and cable ties.
  • Encourage host venues to minimize their environmental impacts and engaged local communities on the topic through beach cleanups, removing over 350kg of trash from beaches across the Mediterranean with the help of 300 young people.

BACKGROUND

The 52 SUPER SERIES is a highly successful international racing circuit that draws the best sailors from all over the world. With close competition and a wide audience, it is the perfect platform to raise awareness of the environmental issues affecting our ocean and showcase the impact major sailing events can have by adopting sustainable operations.

Impact

Social

  • Employing local race committee and local race office where feasible.
  • 300 local school children have been educated about plastic pollution through site visits and beach cleanups, with more than 350kg of rubbish removed from beaches.
  • All competing teams have signed a team Charter committing to sustainability, and each team has a sustainability ambassador, which meet at every event.

Economical

  • Hiring local catering with locally sourced food.
  • Powerboats are rented locally when possible.
  • Shuttle service and group transportation for sailing teams and race management.
  • ISO 20121 certification awarded, with continued refinement to procedures from race management.

Ecological

  • Removal of single-use plastics resulting in 60,000 single-use plastic bottles not used and more than 2.000 lunches without any plastic packaging and utensils.
  • Requiring recycling on site which helped create a complete transformation of the Puerto Portals recycling policy, along with legislative support from the local council.
  • 10% fuel reduction by support boats through a monitoring program.
  • Reusable branding reduces waste from year to year.
  • Oil and fuel spill kits placed on motorboats and given to teams.
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products provided by eco works marine.
  • Carbon footprint tracked and offset through independent assessor, ClimateCare.

Learn more about the 52 Super Series Sustainability program in the 2015-17 52 Sustainability Report and the 2018 Sustainability Report.

52 Super Series Environmental Infographics

Every season the 52 Super Series creates new infographics to educate fans on different environmental issues.

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