RCB receives the Carbon Neutrality Certificate!
Royal Challengers Bangalore is the first and only IPL cricket team to take proactive steps in responding to environment issues through both innovative awareness generation campaigns and on ground initiatives.
And it's not just about wearing a Green Jersey. RCB’s green initiatives began in 2010 with IPL-3 and the journey so far has been very encouraging in terms of the support and enthusiasm showcased by fans who actively participated in every RCB green initiative launched by adopting environment friendly practices in their daily life. This is the third year of RCB’s green journey and is very special as RCB has officially become Carbon Neutral. DNV (Det Norske Veritas), world’s leading audit firm, has done the external verification of RCB’s GHG Inventory. RCB, unlike other sports teams in the world which are Carbon Neutral, did not purchase carbon credits but achieved its Neutrality through fan driven initiatives.
The declaration of RCB’s carbon neutrality along with the release of the Certificate issued by DNV took place at the Green Match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indian’s on May 14 th. Special dignitaries honoring the occasion were Mr. Sidhartha Mallya, Director Royal Challengers Sports Pvt. Ltd., Mr. James Bevan, British High Commissioner to India, Mr. Sundar Raman, CEO Indian Premier League and Mr. Anil Kumble, Mentor Royal Challengers Bangalore.
RCB is also very proud to engage this year with the London Olympics which is credited to be the greenest games ever. In this regard, a symbolic exchange of RCB and London Olympics merchandise took place between Mr. Sidhartha Mallya and the British High Commissioner to India Mr. James Bevan.
On this occasion, Mr. James Bevan said,
“I congratulate RCB on becoming the first Carbon Neutral Cricket team in the World. I support RCB’s green initiatives, especially this year - as we work towards making London 2012 - the Greenest Olympics ever. As you celebrate the Green Match, we hope it inspires India to leave behind a legacy that will be both environmental as well as sporting”.
Mr. Sidhartha Mallya, Director Royal Challengers Sports said,
“It gives me immense pleasure to announce that RCB is the First Sports Team in the world to officially become Carbon Neutral, without the purchase of carbon credits but through Fan Driven Initiatives. I would like to thank our fans for their participation and making this possible. RCB will continue its efforts towards enabling societal change for a cleaner and greener tomorrow”.
RCB is the first Indian entity to be listed at the prestigious Climate Neutral Network of the United Nations Environmental Program. This year RCB was honored with a special award for its green initiatives at the 4th edition of the Panasonic Green Globe Foundation Awards that took place at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2012.The recognition and green achievements of RCB are reflected in the alliances RCB has established this IPL.
Continuing the green journey for the third consecutive year RCB has undertaken some very special initiatives this year.RCB joined hands with WWF-India as the face of Bangalore for Earth Hour 2012, urging Bangaloreans to Switch OFF! in support to the global Earth Hour campaign. RCB is developing a unique tree planting initiative towards retaining the greenery within Bangalore city through a joint effort with the Government of Karnataka. This unique tree plantation drives adopts a Citizenship approach enabling participation by Individuals, Institutions, Corporate, and Communities.
Some of the other green initiatives of RCB include:
•Responsible Waste Management at the stadium through waste collection and segregation
•Procurement of wind power for matches happening at the Stadium
• Enabling availability of public transport for post match commute by spectators in partnership with Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation
• RCB captain hands over a sapling to the opponent team captain during the toss of all home ground matches as a symbol of commitment to go green
Carbon Neutrality is not a destination for RCB, but the first step, in our journey of bringing environmental awareness and lifestyle change in the daily activities of the masses. RCB looks forward to implementing bigger and bolder green initiatives in the coming years.
RCB is GAME FOR GREEN! And Carbon Neutral! Congratulations Challengers!