The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell receives AENOR certification as a sustainable tournament

The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell continues to make progress in its bid to be the ATP tournament of reference in terms of sustainability and the actions carried out in the last edition have earned the AENOR Carbon Footprint CO2 Validated certification (in accordance with the international standard ISO 14064). This recognition demonstrates the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell’s commitment to holding an environmentally friendly event. In 2018, the organisation received the ISO 20121 certificate for sustainable event management and in 2019 it was recognised by Barcelona Biosphere with the distinction for the city’s commitment to sustainable tourism.

The carbon footprint is a tool for determining, assessing and communicating the impact of an activity on climate change and this certificate covers the entire life cycle necessary to carry out an international sporting event of this size. Thus, it includes the direct and indirect emissions derived from the organisation and holding of the tournament and the emissions associated with the use of the public and private infrastructures used.

For the calculation of the carbon footprint, the tournament had the support of Global Omnium, a leading national company in the management of the integral water cycle, which measured all the emissions generated, directly and indirectly, during the event. This involves energy consumption, waste management, catering, transfers of players, public, etc.

For its part, AENOR has carried out the verification of this carbon footprint. In this way, it independently ensures that the declaration made on greenhouse gas emissions is complete.

The Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899 aims to be the most sustainable tennis club in the world and is investing heavily in a unique energy efficiency project. In 2017, the club was the first sports entity in Spain and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell – Conde de Godó Trophy the first tennis tournament in the world to receive the ‘Sustainable Event’ certificate from Bureau Veritas. 

All the actions being carried out in recent years improve energy efficiency, helping to make the RCTB-1899 an increasingly sustainable club, reducing its carbon footprint and environmental impact. In the last year, RCTB-1899 has managed to reduce its emissions by nearly 40% thanks to its many initiatives which, despite the impact of the pandemic, have been consolidated.