Sustainability

The detail on each part of this strategy is work in progress, presented to indicate our direction of travel and not as a finished product.

We want your input and feedback to help improve it, both for the next iteration as detailed on our roadmap, and on-going. It will change, and we will listen to the membership and what they want and need.

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What? Reduce our environmental impact

We want to make British Rowing a leader in sustainable sport by 2030. We will be making operational changes while providing our affiliates with the necessary knowledge and guidance to reduce their impacts and maximise their positive influence on the environment, thus protecting our waterways and the health and safety of our athletes, ensuring the sustainability of our sport.

How? By raising awareness and establishing sustainability concepts in all parts of the sport

We have a six-point plan:

  • Working with other water-based sports (canoeing, paddleboarding, sailing) and conservation charities (WWF, SAS, Wildlife TrustsRaise Awareness), we will use our platforms to raise awareness on climate change by getting sustainability concepts established in our events, staff, athletes, social media, and conferences
  • Offer Guidance: outfitting British Rowing with a far more comprehensive Environmental Framework and offering guidance for the rowing community will help us in catalysing changes to progress towards sustainable rowing
  • Maximise benefits and reduce impacts for the rowing community and our internal operations. Look at what can be done to reduce our impacts and make it happen.
  • Excite the Community: We want to excite new generations into embracing Sustainable Rowing while minimising negative impacts on sustainability in rowing
  • Progress Transparently: Ensure credibility and transparency through robust monitoring and reporting on future projects and operations
  • 2022 World Rowing Coastal Championships and Beach Sprint Finals: We will aim to be the first international rowing event to secure ISO accreditation for sustainability.

Why? Because we want the sport to be sustainable

Rising temperatures, unseasonal weather, and increased storm frequency and severity, among many other climate change concepts, all have the potential to severely impact our ability to row. Knowing this, we are working towards leading the rowing community into doing our part to protect the natural world, and in turn, ourselves.

Many sporting organisations are shifting focus towards sustainable alternatives. When people ask us, “what are you doing in this space?”, we want to be able to claim credibly say that we are leading in it.

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What do you think?

If you have any thoughts on any part of what we are trying to do, think we are missing a trick, or see an area where you can help us, please get in touch and let us know.  

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