It is the collective mission of the 52 SUPER SERIES to:
- Implement and encourage environmentally responsible actions and initiatives from management to participants.
- Follow, adopt and promote local recycling guidelines.
- Strive to reduce waste of all types, adopt a sustainable procurement code, choose environmentally friendly products, upcycle and repurpose where possible.
- Progressively reduce its environmental footprint via practical and meaningful steps.
At any one regatta, the 52 SUPER SERIES brings together 400 people – a mixture of staff and sailors – to one location for a full week of high performance sailing.
Since way back in 2015 the 52 SUPER SERIES has been commited to introduce new initiatives to change the way that staff, sailors, marinas and yacht clubs would interact with the environment whilst on-site. This conscious shift in thinking has been steadily refined to the point that sustainability is a key part of the 52 SUPER SERIES.
We especially focus on the water supply, waste policies, food provision, fuel usage, materials and transport.
The full list of policies and initiatives employed by the sustainability team is a long one, and one that penetrates every level of the organisation. An obvious but valued success to date has been the complete removal of single-use plastic bottles from the event. The acquisition of a BlueWater water filtration system and the provision of reusable aluminium water bottles has, in one move negates the use of what otherwise could be up to 30,000 single-use water bottles from circulation each year.
In addition to this, the 52 SUPER SERIES has:
- Achieved ISO 20121 certification in sustainable event management
- Offset the total carbon footprint of all event operations (flights, electricity, water and fuel)
- Collected well over 950kg of discarded waste from beaches across the Mediterranean with the help of young people
- Appointed Sustainability Ambassadors from each of the participating teams
- Removed plastic packaging from staff lunched
- Placed a high maxim on media exposure and sustainability messaging, reaching 13.5 million people in 2022
- Promoted the use of eco-friendly boat cleaning products
- Operated shuttle bus services to reduce the amount of wasted fuel
- Provided oil spill kits for teams
- Organised cycling events to promote sustainable transport
- Integrated sustainable practices into everything they do and buy, from only printing on 100%-recyclable paper to reusing event signage and cable ties.
- Redistributed unused fresh food at end of each regatta day
- The Rolex TP52 World Championship Cascais 2022 achieved the highest Clean Regattas sustainability award ever to be presented in Portugal by Sailors For The Sea Portugal.
- And much, much more!