Sky launches campaign to inspire sports fans to “travel green"
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Sky Sports and Sky Zero are encouraging fans to use low-carbon transport options when travelling to The 151st Open (Liverpool) and The Hundred (Manchester and Birmingham), as they attempt to tackle fan travel, the biggest contributor to the carbon footprint of sporting events
The campaign, in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board and The R&A, will use TV ad spots, on-screen editorial coverage, out of home advertising, social media and unique fan experiences at events to inspire fans to travel to venues by walking, cycling, lift-sharing or using public transport where possible
The campaign is the latest drive of Sky Zero, the company’s commitment to reach net zero carbon by 2030
Sky has launched its ‘Sky Sports Summer of Sustainability’ campaign to encourage sports fans to take action and protect the sports they love from climate change, by inspiring them to reduce their carbon footprint when travelling to venues. In partnership with the ECB and The R&A, Sky will use advertising, social media and unique experiences to raise the profile of the carbon footprint of fan travel and inspire fans to travel green. Green travel options for fan travel include walking, cycling, lift sharing or using public transport where possible.
The campaign will focus on fans travelling to The 151st Open at Royal Liverpool (16th July – 23rd July) and The Hundred (Emirates Old Trafford, 5th and 7th August and Edgbaston, 10th and 13th August).
Sports as we know and love them are already being threatened by climate change, from flooded pitches and wildfires delaying play, to athletes experiencing heat-exhaustion. The Met Office declared last month as the hottest June on record in the UK, stating climate change is the cause of the record high temperatures. This follows new record-high daily temperatures being recorded across the UK last July, when extreme temperatures above 40°C were recorded, as the UK was impacted by an unprecedented heatwave.
Fan travel is the largest contributor to the carbon footprint of sporting events. Research shows that more than 85% of greenhouse gas emissions related to major sporting events are caused by travel, as well as accommodation of guests (1). Research following Sky’s Game Zero in 2021 found that 93% of emissions from the matchday came from fan travel and accommodation (2). Game Zero was the world's first net zero carbon football match at an elite level.
Research from Sky and the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) in 2021 revealed that 70% of consumers are willing to change their behaviour when it comes to protecting the environment. Further, Sky’s research shows that Sky Sports customers aware of the Sky Zero campaign to reach net zero carbon show a greater claimed willingness to make sustainable changes to protect the environment compared to those not aware of the campaign (3). Sky is using its reach and voice to inspire behavioural changes amongst fans attending sporting events and those watching at home. Sky aims for sports fans to commit to taking 1 million more green journeys when travelling to future sports events.
To engage with fans around the carbon footprint of their travel, those attending The 151st Open and The Hundred can take part in Sky’s Walk of Fame. This is a unique green screen experience that promotes the different ways fans can travel green, whilst giving them the opportunity to have some fun and recreate the walks of their sporting heroes. At The 151st Open, fans will walk down a recreated 18th hole at Royal Liverpool, celebrating their place in the ‘greatest walk in golf’. At The Hundred, fans will recreate the iconic walk to the wicket at Lord’s Cricket Ground. The experiences will be filmed for fans to share with their friends and family to inspire them to travel green and play their part in protecting the sports they love.
July 14, 2023 3:00am ET by SKY