On 6 November, the IOC announced that the IIHF together with 14 other International Sport Federations and five National Olympic Committees have received the 2020 Carbon Action Award from the IOC and its official carbon partner DOW.
Launched in 2019, the Awards – which form part of the IOC-DOW Carbon Partnership – were created to inspire further climate action by recognising the sustainability efforts of key sports organisations within the Olympic Movement.
“This award has been around for two years, and both times the environmental and sustainability initiatives from the IIHF were acknowledged and commended,” said IIHF Environment & Sustainability Committee chairwoman Beate Grupp.
The Environment & Sustainability Committee was formed to promote climate action and contribute to a sustainable environment for ice hockey. The Committee has overseen numerous initiatives in the past years, including encouraging its Member National Associations to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint.
Some of the major examples of MNAs’ work in this fields include a unique project to recycle arena water in South Africa, and providing sustainable transport for accredited personnel at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
Read here about the various Environment & Sustainability projects at the IIHF
“Given the sustainability challenges associated with our sport, the IIHF and its Member National Associations have needed to find unique and creative solutions to offset the environmental impact of our events. We feel gratified to be recognized in this way and look forward to finding more climate friendly solutions in the future.”
As part of the recognition, the IFs and NOCs will receive carbon offsets to compensate their 2020 unavoidable residual emissions. These include a diverse set of climate solutions, from conserving ecosystems and avoiding deforestation to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
“Thank you to the IOC exceptional award and congratulations to all the other International Federations and National Olympic Committees for winning the 2020 Carbon Action Award,” said IIHF President René Fasel. “The fact that so many of these respected and distinguished organizations are committing themselves to reducing their carbon footprint and doing their part for climate action is very encouraging.”