The UCI publishes its first Sustainability Report

The UCI publishes its first Sustainability Report – two-thirds of 2021 goals already achieved

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has published of its first Sustainability Report – covering the years 2021-2023 – which is available on the UCI website.

Publishing a sustainability report is part of the UCI’s commitment to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment and, together with its stakeholders, make cycling’s positive contributions to sustainable development even greater on a global level. The UCI’s work to reduce its carbon emissions is aligned with the most ambitious climate science recommendations.

The UCI Sustainability Report 2021-2023 presents a thorough overview of the UCI’s sustainability work over the past two years, unveiling its carbon footprint and climate transition plan as well as outlining the sustainability strategy leading up to 2030.

The report highlights the UCI’s strong performance in the first phase of sustainability targets that were launched in June 2021: 19 of the initial 28 time-bound organisational objectives have already been achieved by the UCI.

Key achievements include:

  • improved energy efficiency of the UCI headquarters in Aigle (Switzerland), with a 20% reduction in organisational emissions (target for 2030 is a 50% reduction)
  • implementation of climate action training
  • launch of a tool monitoring sustainability impact (UCI Sustainability Impact Tracker)
  • EDGE Move certification 
  • active participation at United Nations Climate Change Conferences (COP).

Following approval of Cycling’s Agenda 2030 by the UCI Congress in 2022, the UCI’s sustainability strategy has been revised to align with the Agenda 2030 objectives. The 29 strategic objectives and 84 action points within the revised sustainability strategy have all been mapped out against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and are organised under the four themes: Climate Action, Nature, People, and Cycling for All. Alongside targets addressing climate change adaptation; waste reduction; diversity, inclusion and equality; and active travel, one of the key objectives is to reduce the climate impact of professional cycling, including the UCI World Championships and UCI World Cup events, work that will necessitate the support and engagement of all cycling stakeholders.

The revised sustainability strategy will become the basis for the UCI’s future sustainability reporting and is to be reviewed every two years, ensuring continuous improvement and alignment in a rapidly changing world.

David Lappartient, UCI President, said: “As the world governing body of cycling, the UCI has a responsibility to lead the way and set clear objectives for the sport to reduce carbon emissions and contribute to sustainable development. The UCI Sustainability Report 2021-2023 transparently communicates our progress so far and acknowledges the challenges we still face. It provides clear objectives, timelines and actions to accompany the cycling community in the fight against climate change and towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The transformation that is required to achieve our vision of making cycling one of the most sustainable sports in the world will require everyone to play their part in their specific area.”

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