Official Sustainability Sponsor
2015 – 2023
52 Super Series
Since 2015, 11th Hour Racing has partnered with the 52 SUPER SERIES to integrate practices and processes that minimize its events’ environmental impact. The organization uses its global platform to showcase ocean health and climate change issues. The sustainability plan focuses on water supply, waste policies, food provision, fuel usage, materials, and transport.
The following are among the key commitments integrated into the plan for the 2021 season and beyond:
- Aim to achieve zero-waste by recovering at least 90% of total operational waste through recycling, composting, donation or reuse.
- Develop a strategy to embed sustainability into the supply chain and procurement processes.
- Involve all key stakeholders in sustainable operations, practices, and communications.
- Develop education and outreach goals for event organizers, sailing teams, owners, and local delivery organizations such as yacht clubs.
- Develop and implement an Environmental Incident Management Plan to prevent and deal with oil spills and marine mammal strikes.
- Implement a sustainable food policy and strategy.
- Commit to staff and supplier diversity and local economic development.
- Work with suppliers and sponsors on sustainable packaging choices.
- Deliver sustainability workshops for all host venues.
Additionally, during the 2021-23 seasons, the 52 SUPER SERIES will introduce “Lighthouse Initiatives,” which are practical, technical solutions applicable to other sailing events such as:
- Robot race marks, thus reducing fuel used by support boats.
- Electric RIBs.
- A solar-powered race office.
- Electric TP52 engines.
Impact 2015 – 2020
- The Series employs 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, with dedicated meetings at every event.
- More than 100 people in need have been fed by a food collection program in Puerto Portals, Spain.
- The sustainability program has captured 1,029,023 social media impressions.
- The Series hires local catering with locally sourced food.
- Powerboats are rented locally when possible.
- The Series has been awarded ISO 20121 certification, with continued refinement to procedures from race management.
- The Series’ carbon footprint is tracked and offset through an independent assessor, ClimateCare.
- The Series mandates recycling on-site — this 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 are placed on motorboats and provided to teams.
- Ecoworks Marine provides eco-friendly cleaning products.
- The elimination of single-use plastics has resulted in 116,000 single-use plastic bottles not being used and more than 2,000 lunches without plastic packaging and utensils.
- 10% fuel reduction by support boats has been achieved through a monitoring program.
- 85% of waste from office operations has been diverted from landfill.
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.