Sustainable, the new way of living | Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

Sustainable, the new way of living

After two seasons stressing on what we call the culture of sustainability, in 2020 the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell wanted to go further and spread its enthusiasm for this new way of living to all the spectators and fans who came to see the tournament.

In 2018 the tournament was recognized with the ISO 20121 certificate for its commitment to good environmental practices and in 2019 it focused on the “Zero Waste” concept and organized a conference held with different environmental circles called “Match-Point: + beyond The sustainability". The “Zero Waste” movement consists of generating less and less waste and avoiding excess packaging, betting on quality reusable products that are as environmentally friendly as possible.

On this occasion, the event will reinforce its position as a model tournament in the ATP circuit from the point of view of sustainability and for this it has decided to increase specific actions that highlight the message already started in the previous two seasons. At the end of last year, it was awarded by the Barcelona Biosphere with the distinction of commitment to the tourist sustainability of the city.

The number of actions to be implemented is very high. And many of them have already been undertaken in the weeks prior to the organization. As in the past two years, the tournament has been declared a smoke-free tournament, something that has placed the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell as the first open-air tournament of the ATP circuit that launches such an outstanding initiative.

And it will also become an example to be followed for other tournaments due to the decision to recycle all unused or in bad condition badges that have not been distributed. No other tennis tournament is known to have taken such action before.

Together with the different sponsors of the tournament, the organization has shared responsibility for this new way of life, which is why, for example, Peugeot has been quick to communicate this year that the fleet of official cars for the transfer of players will be composed of electric and hybrid units.

In addition to all this, the 2020 Sustainability Plan of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell faces the following challenges:

  • Sustainable squad: group of people at risk of social exclusion of l´Espai d´Inclusió de Les Corts responsible for raising awareness among fans. They carry out activities in the children's stand of the Fan Boulevard
  • Compostable cup: for the third consecutive year this  cup made of corn will be deposited into the organic container, which means eliminating 50,000 plastic cups
  • LED lighting on all courts: halogen lights on all courts are replaced by LED lighting solutions
  • Waste management: creation of a waste logistics centre for daily control of the amount of waste generated, which is measured using scales distributed at different points of removal of the facility
  • Use of glass containers with self-dump that allow emptying a 120-liter container in seconds, facilitating the work of the cleaning staff, without the need to empty bottle by bottle
  • Daytime cleaning to increase the saving of light consumption and achieve greater use of sunlight
  • Daily control of water, electricity and natural gas consumption
  • Promotion of the use of public transport and green transport through the action “Come by bicycle or scooter”. Fans can use a guarded parking lot for free and get a bottle of water and a piece of fruit to enhance a healthy lifestyle
  • Promotion of a sustainable diet recommending proximity products, seasonal, fair trade, organic farming and offering menus for celiacs and vegetarians
  • Promotion of the use of electronic ticket through mobile phones to reduce the generation of paper by the spectactor
  • Collection of solidarity caps for the Sant Aniol brand, water supplier in the tournament

The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, which is a member of the Barcelona + Sustainable network and maintains a close relationship with the Barcelona City Council in this matter, was also going to carry out an action together with the Banc de Sang i Teixits for the third consecutive year so that fans could donate blood.