Quest for Future Solutions is delighted to be helping to organise the Environment and Sustainability symposium at this year’s Malvern Festival of Innovation. Join us on 10 October to learn about innovation in making cities more liveable – and sustainable; how innovation in the insurance industry can help us stop climate change; innovation that can help us use energy more flexibly, making renewable energy work better for us all; how innovation in actuators can be used to tackle climate change; and how innovation is helping us to recycle critical and strategic elements such as rare earths.
We often talk about climate change and the impact it is likely to have on future generations. It’s time for us to change this rhetoric – climate change is something that’s already impacting on people’s lives. One example is in the world of sport.
As the Premier League season has just started, we’ll start with the example of football. Football is mainly played in the winter months in the UK. With a 26% increase in winter rainfall since 1900, it’s becoming harder to play – have you ever tried to kick a ball across a field with a coating of water, or to get to a match when all the roads are flooded? In 2013/14 and 2015/16, there was over 150% more rainfall than average, impacting on the grassroots game in particular. Local clubs are losing five weeks every season on average because of bad weather, and with even wetter winters predicted, this is likely to get worse.
Golf courses suffer from the same issues when there’s heavy rain, but the biggest issue that many face at the moment is rising sea levels and increased storms leading to more coastal erosion. Some of our most iconic golf courses are on the coast. The sea at Montrose has moved 70 metres inland since the 1980’s. They are considering the need to move the whole of the links course, which would mean losing a big slice of sporting history.
International cricket is also suffering from adverse weather conditions, with 5% of matches since 2011 having to be stopped. The local game is also being affected. In Cardiff, Glamorgan Cricket Club has lost more than 20,000 overs so far this century because of extreme weather.
Clubs and governing bodies are beginning to recognise the issue and take action to reduce their climate impact, as well as adapting practices to cope with the changes. We worked with Manchester United from when they started their environmental management programme in 2001, through certification to ISO 14001:2004 and their successful transition to ISO 14001:2015 earlier this year. If you would find our expertise helpful for your sports club, call Julia now on 07904 389889.
Statistics used in this blog have been taken from the Climate Coalition’s Game Changer report on climate change and sport.
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Earlier this week, Visit Herefordshire (visitherefordshire.co.uk) organised a forum for local tourism businesses and organisations. I gave a presentation to the group on Sustainable Tourism. If you’d like to know about our sustainable tourism audit and other ways we could help your tourism business, please call me on 07904 389889 or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
After an interesting morning, Robert from Old King St Llama Farm (oldkingstreetfarm.co.uk) had a go of throwing a pot with help from our hosts, Eastnor Pottery (eastnorpottery.co.uk). I was really impressed with the quality of the pots that everyone was throwing – visiting the pottery could be a really good family or team-building day out. Why not give it a go?
The government has just charged an unlicensed waste carrier £965 for driving a tipper truck full of waste without a waste carriers licence. Do you want to take the chance that you could be next?
Anyone carrying waste needs to hold a waste carriers licence or be employed by an organization that does. This includes the transfer of waste between your own sites.
It takes about 5 minutes to apply for a licence and if you’re moving your own waste, it’s free. If you’re transporting someone else’s waste, it costs £154.
You also have a duty of care to ensure that your organization’s waste is being carried by someone with a licence. It’s easy to check the public registers – and worth making a diary note to periodically check that your waste carrier’s licence remains valid.