The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) has four commitments for itself to reach by 2030 as it aims to make Wimbledon more sustainable, according to the Insidethegames website. The commitments were made by AELTC strategic planning and operations director Sally Bolton, who will take over as chief executive after this year's event.
Bolton had commented, “As a sporting event, we believe we have a power not only on reducing our impact but also on contributing to solving the broader environmental challenge. We spend time with guests to educate them on how we use recycling.
Our priority is to advocate for and to have a positive environmental impact. We also want to use our stance to influence others to join this mission”. The Club says it would like to reduce emissions from its operations to “net zero” by 2030, become a resource-efficient “zero waste” organisation, to contribute to a “net gain” in biodiversity by 2030, and use the tournament's influence to inspire wider action.
As part of the plan, the AELTC will regenerate its estate and redevelop land adjacent to the existing site and that this would provide an opportunity to introduce further measures to reduce emissions and increase natural biodiversity.
The club says as part of the net-zero emissions target the organisation is set to build decarbonisation plans in its longer-term estate development projects, introduce systems to monitor and control energy consumption and increase the amount of plant-based food options available.
The AELTC will also introduce zero-carbon principles to construction projects by 2030, while generating renewable electricity on site and compensating for unavoidable emissions through investing in offsets and forest protection schemes and will introduce water harvesting for new developments by 2030.
There will also be a greater use of reusable or recyclable products, increased work with suppliers to eliminate single-use plastic packaging and on-site composting for grass and garden cuttings. The club will also seek to introduce the importance of the environment, climate change and sustainability into learning programmes delivered to schoolchildren by the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Wimbledon Foundation and will help guests understand their own carbon footprint in relation to their visits to Wimbledon through digital platforms.