Showing increased commitment to the environment and to reducing the tournament’s environmental impact
Having embarked on a low-carbon trajectory, with 2030 as the target, Roland-Garros is working on reducing its carbon footprint by way of four key approaches, and is also contributing to projects that promote biodiversity in France thanks to the support of all of its stakeholders.
4 ways the tournament’s carbon footprint is being reduced:
1) Promoting sustainable and soft mobility
A survey carried out in 2018 showed that 72.2% of spectators travelled to the stadium on transport that emitted low levels of greenhouse gases or none at all (public transport, on foot, by bike, etc.). However, 21.1% came in their car (vehicle’s average occupancy: 2.85 people) and 6.7% in transport such as a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle.
In order to support more sustainable mobility, Roland-Garros has set up several initiatives:
- The media and spectator shuttles are 100% electric.
- A secure bicycle park has been set up near the stadium entrance, in response to the increasing popularity of bicycles in Paris and Greater Paris.
- The whole official Peugeot fleet is 100% hybrid or electric and will be fully electric by 2024.
- Within the framework of the “Mai à Vélo” (May on a Bike) event, organised by the group of the same name and initiated by the French Ministry of Transport, Roland-Garros is inviting cycling fans to try out two different cycle routes (one for ticket-holders and the other for tourists) available on the Roland-Garros app. They can ride around Paris and discover a series of sights connected with tennis and Roland-Garros!
2) Contributing to the development of renewable energies
Since April 2016 and for all of its sites (National Training Centre, Jean-Bouin, Roland-Garros), the FFT has been supplied with 100% renewable energy from ENGIE. In addition to the mobile charging stations – some of which are powered using “classic” solar power – the FFT and ENGIE are installing innovative organic and flexible solar panels in two areas of the stadium, as an experiment this year but with the aim of rolling it out on a larger scale in the future.
3) Promoting and offering sustainable food in the stadium
In partnership with Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s GoodPlanet Foundation, the FFT is working with all of the tournament’s restaurants and caterers on a sustainable nutrition plan, with the aim of offering products that are ever more responsible, something that is necessary in face of the climate crisis: certified, seasonal, locally-sourced, etc.
The food served to the general public includes a range of food products certified “Climate friendly”. The products with this label have a low carbon impact, according to the criteria rigorously defined with the GoodPlanet Foundation.
On 5 June, World Environment Day, the food served in the hospitality areas will be 100% sustainable, with a menu created using certified and seasonal products that respect the environment.