In January 2019 Brynäs IF became one of the early signatories to the UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Framework. Here are the five principles of the framework and the actions taken by Brynäs IF to meet them.
We are gradually incorporating sustainability into our whole operations. For the first time in 2019 we formulated a business plan that was built on the UN Sustainable Development goals. Our sustainability work is guided by our annual sustainability report.
Through our sustainability report we have begun to measure our climate impact and have set some initial targets to reduce it. Our primary focus area at present is food waste because of its large contribution to emissions. We have also begun to calculate the emissions connected to team travel and have converted to buses operating on biodiesel. Our arena already operates on zero emissions using 100% renewable energy. We have eliminated one source of scope three emissions through the installation of a new ice system which allowed us to discontinue using a tractor to remove ice scrapings from outside our arenas.
Currently in our region we work together with schools to educate and highlight the need for actions to combat climate change. For the past three seasons including the current one we have incorporated climate topics into activities surrounding our celebration of International Children’s Day with around 2200 year 5 and 6 students. For example, one activity challenged children to reduce their carbon footprint with points awarded for each action taken. Together the children saved 22 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Local businesses then donated 1000 Swedish Crowns for every tonne saved to UNICEF. In the 2020/2021 season we plan to educate all our players about climate change so they can act as ambassadors in our community. This education will be done by the children in our region.
Our main focus area here at present is on reducing single use plastic and food waste but also waste in general. All food for our restaurant is now purchased using the return back crate system, greatly reducing our consumption of cardboard boxes. We are also looking at minimising waste regarding hockey equipment, particularly sticks. We continuously look for opportunities and implement projects to reduce our energy and water consumption such as our new ice system.
We communicate for climate action through the schools in our region and through our sustainability report. In 2020 we will also start communicating for climate action through our social media channels.