August 2022 – a month of significance for FISU Oceania. It is the month that we officially became a signatory to the United Nations Sport for Climate Action framework.
FISU Oceania is proud to be a signatory to the Sport for Climate Action framework and we look forward to taking dedicated actions on climate change, to ensure we reach our target of net zero in 2030.
“Becoming a part of Sport for Climate Action was an easy decision to make”, says David Schmude, FISU Oceania President. “Our region and our member countries are faced with the impacts of climate change on a daily basis. From rising sea levels to extreme weather events, the climate is changing. We want to be part of the solution to reduce our carbon emissions and carbon footprint”, added Mr Schmude.
The Sports for Climate Action framework was launched in December 2018 to gather sports organisations, teams, athletes and fans in a concerted effort to raise awareness and action to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. To date, over 270 sports organisations, teams and events have become signatories to the framework including FISU – the International University Sports Federation.
FISU Oceania is the first of the five Continental University Sports Federations to sign up to Sport for Climate Action.
Our commitment includes
- Incorporating sustainability requirements for hosts of our continental qualifying events
- Offsetting our carbon emissions when flying and investing in blue carbon projects
- Establishing a baseline from which to establish our milestones as we journey to net zero by 2030
- Establishing a policy on sustainability
- Creating an education and awareness campaign for the university sport sector in our region including toolkits and resources
All this by the end of 2022.
“We have incorporated sustainability and climate action into our strategic plan along with aligning key strategic objectives with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”, says Mr Schmude. “We are deeply committed to this journey and look forward to collaborating not only with our International Federation – FISU, but with other sports federations from Oceania and across the globe to drive global climate action”.