Crystal Palace Triathlon - Sunday 31 May 2009

Carbon Neutral – What is it and why bother ?
The world’s top scientists all agree that Climate Change is happening and that it is changing because of increases in greenhouse gases (GHG) in our atmosphere; carbon dioxide (CO2) is a GHG and has the greatest impact on climate change.

CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere have risen one third since the industrial revolution and are set to double in the next 100 years. Scientists predict that such rapid changes will cause major and severe harm to the social, economic and environmental systems that we know today.

The impact of climate change?
Zero Carbon EventsGovernments are taking action but everybody needs to “do their bit”; Crystal Palace Triathletes (CPT) acknowledge that in carrying out their annual race they have an impact upon the environment but have pledged to reduce this as far as practically possible.

In 2008 Crystal Palace Triathletes decided to take steps to make their annual race Carbon Neutral. This required a commitment from the club to develop a carbon reduction strategy; ZeroCarbonEvents were asked to help with this and they have been active in looking at ways to reduce the environmental impact of the race on a year on year basis.

The amount of carbon produced as a result of the race was determined using a carbon calculator to work out the carbon footprint, measured in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. This involved data collection and analysis of information on how the race was being run, where and how the competitors were getting to and from the race, as well as how much energy was needed for the computers, and other electrical equipment.  

Diagram showing factors to be taken into consideration when measuring the carbon footprint of the 2008 race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carbon Neutral
Using the carbon calculator and the most up-to-date understanding of carbon dioxide emissions possible we have calculated the carbon footprint of the race – 5.59 tonnes C02. This has been offset using schemes that have been shown to have a real positive effect on reducing C02. CPT have also donated to a local nature and wildlife charity so that the ‘local’ environment benefits as well.

What does it mean for the competitors?
CPT will continue with its commitment to make their Crystal Palace Triathlon carbon neutral, and are seeking to reduce their carbon footprint by 10% for the 2009 race. Again they will need the help and cooperation of all the competitors, suppliers and marshals to help to meet this target, and this will reduce the amount of carbon needed to be offset. The small charge to competitors will help the 2009 Crystal Palace Triathlon race be carbon neutral again, and how this is spent will be shown the ZeroCarbonEvents race report that will be produced after the race.

2008 Carbon neutral race report available now.

 

 

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