Working together in partnership

Sustainable and climate friendlier consumption at our sports venues and events:

Identifying more sustainable and climate responsible consumption involves product-by-product evaluation (eg energy sources, food, textiles, paper products, chemicals, transportation, plastics, etc) as well as systems assessments.

  • Paper products: The life cycle impacts of the paper industry engender some of the greatest industrial contributions greenhouse gas impacts (as well as forest, biodiversity, water, and indigenous community impacts). Indeed, some estimates have placed life cycle impacts of the paper industry among the top three or four greatest industrial contributors to global warming pollution.Moreover, paper products are among the most frequently purchased products at sports venues and events, (e.g. event programs, tickets, media guides, results, food containers, napkins, bathroom tissue, etc). Take a look at 9 Steps to Buy Responsible Paper so as to see what approaches can be taken for more responsible paper production, use and disposal. Use this list of the leading ecopapers available globally to find suitable products, it can sort regionally so you can find what you need as locally as possible.
  • The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) “plastic game plan” sets out how to create a plastic plan and to work with suppliers, athletes and fans to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Partners in promoting free flowing rivers in the world

One of the goals of the IRF is to promote free flowing rivers in the world. We need to keep these rivers clean, accessible and ensure that the rafting industry looks to its future sustainability. In doing this we are working with various organisations: