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2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

52 Super Series

Since 2015, 11th Hour Racing has partnered with the 52 SUPER SERIES to integrate practices and processes that minimize the environmental impact of its events and use the global platform as a showcase for ocean health and climate change 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:

  • Carbon footprint reduction through sustainable transport at events, including shuttle bus services and cycling events. Additionally, event organizers offset the footprint of operations, including flights, electricity, water, and fuel.
  • Reducing waste by engaging vendors in sourcing environmentally responsible products, recycling, and reusing event signage and cable ties.
  • Together with the teams, even organizers have removed single-use plastic bottles by using water filtration systems and reusable water bottles.
  • Encourage host venues to minimize their environmental impacts and engaged local communities on the topic through beach and underwater cleanups.

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.
  • 440 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.
  • More than 100 people in need fed by a food collection program in Puerto Portals.
  • 1,029,023 Social media impressions about sustainability program.

Economical

  • Hiring local catering with locally sourced food.
  • Powerboats are rented locally when possible.
  • ISO 20121 certification awarded, with continued refinement to procedures from race management.

Ecological

  • Carbon footprint tracked and offset through independent assessor, ClimateCare.
  • Requiring recycling on-site, which helped create a complete transformation of the Puerto Portals recycling policy, along with legislative support from the local council.
  • Reusable branding reduces waste from year to year.
  • Oil and fuel spill kits placed on motorboats and provided to teams.
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products provided by eco works marine.
  • Removal of single-use plastics resulting in 116,000 single-use plastic bottles not used and more than 2,000 lunches without any plastic packaging and utensils.
  • 10% fuel reduction by support boats through a monitoring program.
  • 85% of waste from office operations diverted from landfill.

Learn more about the 52 Super Series Sustainability program in the 2015-17 52 Sustainability Report, the 2018 Sustainability Report and the 2019 Sustainability Report.

The 52 Super Series creates videos to share its sustainability initiatives with the sailing community and fans around the world. Below a selection, and follow the events YouTube page for more.

Tom Burnham – Sustainability Ambassador Interview

11th Hour Racing Ambassador and Quantum Racing Coach Tom Burnham reflects on last season as we set our 2020 vision for sustainability – http://bit.ly/38KrEIw#ProtectOurPlayground

Posted by 52 Super Series on Thursday, March 12, 2020

The 52 Super Series creates fun, informative infographics to educate fans on different environmental issues.

52 Super Series Environmental Infographics

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