Launch of the sports energy sobriety plan

Following the announcement by the President of the Republic of the launch of an energy sobriety plan, the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, and the Minister for Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, launched working groups mobilizing government as a whole, with the objective of reducing our energy consumption by 10% by 2024, and by 40% by 2050. To achieve these ambitious objectives, the Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games brought together, this Thursday, October 13, representatives of all the stakeholders of sport in France, determined to make a collective contribution to this approach, commensurate with the place of the sector in our society and our economy.

In accordance with the method set out by the Prime Minister, this plan was co-constructed with more than 50 players reflecting the diversity of the sports sector and representing more than 300,000 structures. This work, which is the first step in the contribution of sport to the ecological transition of our country, made it possible to examine 290 proposals and lead to a sports energy sobriety plan comprising 40 prioritized and phased measures over time.

This plan is structured around 10 axes.

Heating, because it represents 43% of the sector’s energy consumption, is the first among them. The players undertake to reduce the temperature of gymnasiums and private sports halls by at least 2°C, as well as to reduce the underfloor heating of professional football pitches. All players are also committed to optimized use of air conditioning, limited to 26°C (measures 1 to 4).

Various measures related to lighting, an energy expenditure item representing 18% of the sector’s energy consumption, have also been adopted: reduction of nearly 50% of pre-match and post-match lighting for professional matches during the day, and 30% at night, and encouraging the deployment of LED lighting in the various sports facilities. An adaptation of the lighting according to the level of practice and the hours of the day will also be implemented (measures 5 to 7).

In terms of the use of equipment, the sector undertakes to reduce the consumption of hot water in changing rooms and to deactivate electrical and electronic appliances to avoid energy waste. Football pitch light therapy will also be reduced by 10% this winter (measures 8 to 10).

In addition, particular attention will be paid to the energy efficiency of sports equipment through financial support for thermal insulation work on buildings or through the development of energy performance contracts. (measures 11 to 15).

In terms of mobility, a major lever for acting on the carbon footprint, sports players have adopted several innovative measures: experimentation, in conjunction with local authorities, with free public transport for ticket holders on the day of events athletes; development of walking through active design; densification of secure parking lots for bicycles. Sports players are also committed to a structuring approach with regard to the format of competitions to optimize travel within the framework of sporting events, thanks to the OPTIMOUV’ software for amateur sport, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, thanks to the setting up of a working group on the travel of professional clubs which will bring together professional sports players and transport operators, coordinated by the Ministry of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, in conjunction with the other ministries. This working group will make, by April 2023, proposals for concrete solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (measures 18 to 22).

In terms of support and training, the energy sobriety plan provides for an ambitious component with, in particular, the strengthening of eco-labels, the designation of energy referents within the 109 federations or the free provision of a new online awareness of the energy transition (bars 23 to 27).

In terms of communication, sports players will make their media available to relay government communication on eco-gestures. In addition, a specific action will be implemented by the Ministry of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games to launch a campaign entitled « spend more to spend less » (measures 28 to 30).

With regard to swimming pools, the plan adopts a vision combining a national approach (drop in water temperature of at least 1°C in all swimming pools in the territory) and coordination at the local level, in particular in connection with regional health agencies. The investment component of the National Sports Agency’s aquatic comfort plan will also finance the modernization and energy renovation of swimming pools (bars 31 to 35).

This transition dynamic in sport will be particularly illustrated during the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will be the most ecological in history, thanks to strong actions: a halving of carbon emissions compared to previous editions, a taken into account by SOLIDEO, from the design of the 64 Olympic and Paralympic structures, the best solutions for optimizing carbon content and sustainable energy consumption that will be delivered, as well as an investment by Paris 2024 in projects with a positive impact , in France and abroad (bars 36 to 39).

Finally, all sports players undertake, in the event of the Ecowatt red signal being triggered, to take a series of concrete and pre-determined measures to limit electricity consumption in order to reduce tensions on the networks and nationwide energy infrastructure (bar 40).

In addition to this plan, the Ministry of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games is launching the other two components of its contribution to the ecological transition to go « faster, higher, stronger – together »: on the one hand by accelerating the deployment of the charter of 15 eco-responsible commitments with the objective of 200 signatories by July 2023 (vs 82 signatories to date) and on the other hand, through the development of a plan for adapting sports practice to global warming by May 2023, in collaboration with the Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, Christophe Béchu.

“I am proud of the sports players who, in their diversity – sports movement, professional sport, State services, local authorities, the economic world, TV broadcasters – have all responded to collectively build this energy sobriety plan. It is more broadly part of a contribution to ecological transition which will have other aspects (eco-responsibility, adaptation to global warming) and reflects the desire of the world of sport to engage in an ambitious, responsible and concrete approach, through which it plays its full part in responding to the major environmental challenges of our century. » Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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