Environmental certification and commitments
Roland-Garros is not just about thrilling tennis – it is also about the environment. The French Open has made a strong commitment in this field, becoming the first French sporting event to receive the ISO 20121 standard in 2014. Throughout the tournament, a campaign raises public awareness of the French Tennis Federation’s sustainable development policy, which has been officially recognised. The federation recently signed a charter containing 15 environmental commitments for the organisers of sports events, which was developed in coordination with the French Ministry of Sport and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This ambitious charter sets specific targets to help organisers enhance sustainable development efforts.
To reduce the tournament’s environmental impact, a campaign has encouraged spectators to use greener forms of transport since 2010. This initiative has had decisive results:
- 66% of all spectators travel to the venue on public transport, up from 55% six years ago. The number of people walking or cycling to the stadium has almost doubled. In total, 73% of all visitors use some form of sustainable transport.
- 17% of spectators still travel to the event by car, but this figure has halved over the past six years. Car-pooling is a popular option, with an average of 2.4 people per car. This helps reduce the FFT’s environmental impact.
Roland-Garros has set up a car-pooling website for all tournament visitors. It can be consulted at www.covoiturage.fft.fr.
Transport emissions calculator
A transport emissions calculator helps visitors identify the least carbon-intensive means of transport when travelling to the stadium.
Recycling: A recycling system is set up during the tournament. In 2016, 443 tonnes of waste were produced and 142 tonnes were recycled.
Green teams: For the sixth year in a row, six green teams are patrolling the stadium, raising awareness of environmentally-friendly practices. Equipped with tablets, they invite spectators to discover the tournament’s sustainable development initiatives through an augmented reality application.
Reusable cups: Eco-cups, available at all food outlets, have replaced disposable cups at the stadium. In 2016, they saved approximately 2 tonnes of cardboard waste.
Bio-waste: A system to manage bio-waste has been implemented in the media, players and organisation restaurants. In 2016, 37 tonnes of bio-waste were collected.
AlpEnergie: 100% renewable energy at Roland-Garros. Since April 2016, all FFT sites – the CNE, Jean-Bouin and Roland-Garros complexes – are supplied with energy from 100% renewable sources, thanks to the federation’s partnership with ENGIE.
A “wind tree” by ENGIE: ENGIE, Roland-Garros’s energy and sustainable development partner, supports the tournament’s sustainable development initiatives. It has set up a “wind tree” at the entrance to the president’s stand. Its “leaves” are miniature windmills that generate electricity. This electricity powers four public charging stations for mobile phones.
Sustainable development day on 5 June
To mark World Environment Day on 5 June, the FFT is hosting a number of events to raise public awareness of its commitment to sustainable development. The tournament’s partners are also playing their part: Potel & Chabot and Fauchon will serve up sustainable food all day long.
Roland-Garros and food
Working with Yann-Arthus Bertrand’s GoodPlanet Foundation, the FFT is working with all caterers and restaurants to develop a three-year sustainable food programme. Tournament spectators will be served sustainable, organic and seasonal food with short distribution chains.
Roland-Garros and biodiversity
The FFT is committed to respecting and preserving biodiversity. There are seven year-round beehives on the stadium grounds – on the Club des Loges and opposite Suzanne-Lenglen Court. Around 400,000 bees have adopted these hives, and honey will be collected during the tournament.