The UCI Climate Action Charter

The UCI (International Cycling Union) recently published its Climate Action to reduce the impact of cycling on the climate.

by Chiara Aruffo

Cycling is the latest sport to join the fight against climate change with the adoption of the Climate Action Charter. The document was written by the two UCI commissions Cycling for All and Sustainable Cycling and ratified in September by the UCI Management Committee. The act promotes eight concrete commitments, open to all organizations involved in cycling:

1.           Consistently measure climate footprint and report to internationally-recognized standards by 2024 at the latest;

2.           Promote active travel and the role of the bicycle in combating climate change, improving well-being and building a more sustainable future for all;

3.           Ensure that the effects of climate change are factored into future plans;

4.           Implement sustainable procurement for events and operations;

5.           Reduce energy demand and prioritize electricity from 100% renewable sources;

6.           Reduce waste and accelerate the transition to a circular economy;

7.           Prioritize low-carbon transport;

8.          Respect nature and raise awareness of biodiversity’s values to people, links to the sport and the importance of conservation.

In just a few weeks, the number of signatories has already exceeded 80, including Italian organisations such as the U.C. Larcianese, the Maratone Dles Dolomites, the Coppa Caduti organised by the U.S. Nervianese 1919, RCS Sport, the Hero Sudtirol Dolomites and the ASD Capoliveri. The full list can be found here.

Credits UCI.

Cover picture: Pixabay/Helix_Games

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