The DP World Tour has just come to an agreement with the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework as they sign a pledge committing to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040.
UN Sports for Climate Action Framework is an entity under the United Nations who are responsible for tackling harms that come to the climate through various sports. It has a set of five principles:
- Undertaking systematic efforts to promote greater environmental sustainability
- Reducing overall climate impact
- Educating for climate action
- Promoting sustainable and responsible consumption
- Advocating for climate action through communication
It is their goal to achieve 50% reduced emissions by 2030 and net zero by 2040. They reach out to the governing bodies of the biggest sports in the world and persuade them to commit to their goal. The European Tour, with its commitment, has become the first professional golf tour to become a signatory to the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework.
The CEO of the PGA European Tour, Keith Pelley, is hoping for good and greener days ahead as a result of this pledge. The group’s DP World Tour is a global brand with millions of followers, so we have a clear responsibility and opportunity to use our platforms in the right way. Our net zero commitment shows that through Golf for Good we are serious about environmental responsibility and the role we can play.
“Our staff and leadership, under the guidance of our Head of Sustainability, are determined to ensure we fully meet all our pledges, and we appreciate the support of our expert partners and advisers in helping us do so. Of course, we also invite our partners and stakeholders to join us in making effective change.”
This commitment to zero net emissions by the DP World Tour is much welcomed by the sports world. Environmentalists across the globe wish that the rest of the professional golf tour also follows suit, along with the other major sports of the world.