The vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, the Minister of Culture and Sports, Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes, and the president of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), Alexander White, have signed the general protocol of action to establish the bases of cooperation in the field of environment and sustainability in the sports sector in Spain.
In a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO), Ribera thanked the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the COE for their commitment to the ecological transition as a transversal project: “This is the great challenge of our generation and we need to add new energy and will to live on a planet that respects environmental limits.”
«Our athletes are ambassadors of luxury to transmit the values and messages of sustainability, environmental balance and global health. We also know about the role of leadership and role model they play in society, particularly among young people, ”the vice president stressed.
In turn, Uribes has been “convinced that sport is decisive in promoting the protection of the environment. So, We want it to be more sustainable and we accept the challenge of making Spain a benchmark in this matter.
Along the same lines, Blanco stressed that “today is a great day for Spanish sport. The COE will always be a great ally in meeting the sustainability goals that the Spanish government has set for itself. Our motto is ‘The best brand is the one that is not left’. That defines us. We are sustainable sport ».
The objective of this protocol is to enhance collaboration on environmental and social sustainability and the dissemination of the values of Olympism, contributing in this way to the application of an ecological transition model in the Spanish sports sector and greater social awareness with regard to sustainability.
In this sense, the text also aims to convey to society the message of greater awareness and commitment to sustainability, ecological transition and the environment. The protocol will be valid for 2 years with the possibility of being extended for a maximum period of up to 3 years.
The COE, a benchmark for sustainability
One of the hallmarks of the Spanish Olympic Committee is sustainability. The Olympic institution has been in business since 2017, the year in which it became a signatory member of the Spanish Network of the United Nations Global Compact, betting on it and applying it both to internal and external operations as well as to sporting events.
Thus, the Spanish Olympic Committee stands out for being the first Olympic committee in the world to eliminate 100% of plastic in all its operations, in classifying 100% of its waste and in consuming 100% of its energy from renewable sources.
The COE is also the first Olympic Committee to sign the Sports For Climate Action agreement with the UN, a set of actions carried out to reduce the impact of sport on global warming, and which has a neutral carbon footprint.
Likewise, since last October, the Spanish Olympic institution has had the Bureau Veritas certificate that classifies it as a Sustainable Sports Entity, thanks to the fact that its Corporate Social Responsibility system is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (ODS) of the UN.
Said recognition, makes the Spanish Olympic Committee a reference in the national sports arena and encourages Spanish sports entities to follow in his footsteps, by launching the seal of sustainable sports event transferred to the rest of Spain by the hand of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces.
For all this, the agreement signed this Thursday morning with the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge and the Ministry of Culture and Sport will make the Spanish Olympic Committee become a world reference by aligning the efforts of the Olympic movement and the Government of Spain to achieve the challenges of the 2030 Agenda.