Roland-Garros for the planet

Roland-Garros has been championing sustainability and the environment for several years now. In continuing with that approach at the 2024 tournament, the Parisian Grand Slam will engage in yet more actions designed to protect the world around us and raise awareness among everyone associated with the event.

Roland-Garros for the planet©FFT

Roland-Garros for the planet: let’s commit to the environment

Zoom on the actions and programmes designed to reduce the 2024 tournament’s environmental impact.

More sustainable mobility

From spectators to players and staff, everyone has a role to play when it comes to mobility. Aside from promoting public transport, we have set up two 700-space attended cycle parking lots to encourage spectators to come to the stadium complex by bike or scooter. Riders will be able to keep their helmets and batteries safe in lockers and make use of a fast-track service to the stadium complex on 5 June, World Environment Day. For even greater peace of mind, spectators will be able to book their parking spot online.

As for the official fleet of vehicles made available to the FFT by Renault for transporting players, officials and VIPs, some 88% of it is hybrid or electric. In collaboration with the tournament, the French carmaker is also laying on a car sharing platform this year.

Sustainable food

In 2024, a special effort has been made with regard to sustainable food as part of theFood for Goodprogramme, which involves the tournament’s partners. On 5th June, World Environment Day, a conference will be held along this theme and a fundraising campaign supported by BNP Paribas to benefit Le Chaînon Manquant. All of the food served to the public and in the hospitality areas will be 100% vegetarian.

For the last 10 years, food has also been connected with philanthropy at Roland-Garros. At every edition of the tournament,Le Chaînon Manquantcharity sets up a system that fights food waste while helping people in need. In 2023 alone, 10,541 unsold meals were collected and redistributed! If you want to contribute to this initiative, you can make a €0.50 donation to the charity when you pay for your purchases in one of the catering areas or La Griffe stores.

Renewable energies

Since 2006, the FFT has been making use of the Enedis network for its energy needs, while the energy supplied to the stadium complex by ENGIE is 100% renewable.

Thanks to this partnership, solar panels have been installed across the complex, with 450 sq. m. of them on the Court Suzanne-Lenglen’s new retractable roof. All the energy they supply goes into the stadium complex network. The installation of the panels marked the end of extensive modernisation work at Roland-Garros, which was the subject of an environmental management plan.

Nouveau toit sur le court Suzanne-Lenglen ©Christophe Guibbaud / FFT

A dab hand at recycling and reducing waste!

When you come to Roland-Garros, you will also be invited to do your bit for the environment by sorting and recycling your waste using the various recycling bins set up around the stadium. Every year, at least fifteen waste streams are sent off to recycling and processing plants! The tournament will also install machines to collect empty drinks cans and bottles, which will later be recycled by French companies. This initiative, which is made possible thanks to the support of Perrier, is rolled out alongside the reusable food containers, water fountains and the elimination of single-use plastic bottles and cups for players, the media and staff.

Biodiversity projects in France

For the fifth year running, Roland-Garros has signed up to the Région Sud (Provence-Alpes-Cote D’Azur) and National Forestry Agency’s climate plan and is contributing to reforestation projects in areas of woodland impacted by climate change, helping them to adapt to it. Supporting the initiative are BNP Paribas and all the players and ball kids. The project chosen for this year is a planting programme at a public forest in Briançon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Awareness actions

And for the third year running, the Environmental Tennis Wall (Fresque Écologique du Tennis – a fun and educational game developed by the FFT) will raise spectator awareness of major environmental issues and provide specific solutions, with participants being invited to engage with them.

Sponsored by ENGIE, the Green Teams (Les Equipes Vertes) will be touring the stadium complex throughout the tournament (20 May-9 June) and informing spectators of environmentally friendly actions and sustainable development in general, presenting iconic initiatives to them in an entertaining and engaging way. At the 2023 tournament, some 8,000 people were able to discuss environmental issues with them. Reinforcing the message will be films playing on screens around the complex and at the courts.

La fresque écologique du tennis / Roland-Garros 2024Amélie Laurin / FFT