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International Ski Federation Launches New Environmental Initiative

It aims to become the first Climate Positive International Sports Federation by 2022 through its FIS Rainforest Initiative.

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FIS Rainforest Initiative will offset FIS carbon footprint many times over through conservation projects of rainforest, initially in the Peruvian Ashaninka communities in the Amazonas.

“It was an utmost priority for me when I was elected FIS President to make an immediate and meaningful impact on the sustainability of our sport,” said the FIS President Johan Eliasch.

“This is not only a duty we have as good world citizens, but today it has become a prerequisite of being an attractive sport particularly for the younger generations.

“As an outdoor winter sport, FIS has a duty to be role model in the area of sustainability and to take the lead in protecting our environment.

“We hope by taking action now, others will follow in our footsteps. There is no time to lose, the time to take action is now.”

Johan Eliasch

Johan Eliasch, image c/o FIS.

FIS carried out an internal carbon footprint audit of its competitions staged during a full season.

Based on data received it estimated the overall carbon footprint across its thousands of events and to take action to mitigate the impact of these events on the climate.

The FIS Rainforest Initiative is aimed at preventing future deforestation equivalent to many times the estimated carbon emissions that FIS activities generate each year.

“Rainforest is essential to all life,” said FIS in a statement.

“Its central role in the oxygen and water cycles are critical for food and water security and preventing extreme weather events.

“It is also the world’s most important terrestrial store of carbon.

“Without it, global temperatures are estimated to be at least six degrees higher and many regions would be uninhabitable.

“Keeping this carbon sink intact is a top priority and FIS is committed to provide funding for the FIS Rainforest Initiative.”

Through this initiative, FIS claims it has gone one step further than buying carbon credits from historic initiatives.

It investing not only in preventing deforestation, but also in healthcare, schools, women’s enterprise, cacao production and community assets.

The methodology to measure the Carbon Footprint of FIS saw the events put into six distinct categories based on their size and scope.

Taken into consideration were variables such as number of spectators, energy and fuel consumption, travel of accredited individuals, in addition to size and scope of the course build and infrastructure.

Slopeside at Chamonix World Cup

Slopeside at Chamonix World Cup . Image © PlanetSKI

The Carbon Footprint measurement was carried out by industry leader Planet Mark, while Cool Earth provided the partnership to support the protection of the rainforest.

“By supporting the Ashaninka people in Peru to keep their forest standing, the FIS is investing in a critically endangered carbon sink and creating meaningful change for not only people living in rainforests but for our collective global futures too,” said the Director of Cool Earth, Matthew Owen.

The International Ski Federation. Image c/o FIS.

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