BASES Climate Change Action Team

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The BASES Climate Change Action Team was set up in 2021 to create a working group focussing on the roles and responsibilities of Sport and Exercise Scientists in response to ongoing climate change. Comprising of BASES members from all areas of Sport and Exercise Science, the group have been working on projects to support the Association and wider Sport and Exercise community in addressing climate change issues.

Showing our commitment

To show our commitment to helping address the Climate Change Emergency, BASES has signed up to both the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework and the Pledge to Net Zero. The UN Framework commits the Association to:

1. undertaking systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility;

2. reduce its overall climate impact;

3. educate for climate action;

4. promote sustainable and responsible consumption and

5. advocate for climate action through communication.

    The BASES Climate Change Action Team has begun work to ensure that the Association delivers on the pledges it has made. As the work of the Climate Change Action Team develops, we will continue to keep members informed and to ask for your advice and help. In the meantime, please encourage other organisations you are involved in to follow the example of BASES and to sign up to the United Nations Climate Action Framework for Sport and the Pledge for Net Zero.

    Comments from the CCAT Chair, Dr Andy Smith FBASES MBE:

    “As the Founding Chair of the Climate Change Action Team (CCAT), I have had the privilege of working with an outstanding Team of volunteers to further the aims of the Association.

    The Strategic Objectives of the CCAT are to

    1. Promote sustainable and responsible practices in Sport and Exercise Sciences.
    2. Reduce the Association’s carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.
    3. Disseminate evidence-based education and provide guiding principles to help address climate change.

    As you will read on this webpage, we have listened to the BASES membership, created a strategy, organised the first BASES webinar on climate change and worked to deliver on our pledge to net zero. Whilst we have achieved a lot there is much more to be done which is why we have also partnered with the British Association for Sustainable Sport and are working closely with the Science Council.”

    Workstream 1: Membership survey

    Over the first year of the CCAT, this work was led by Dr Julia Zakrzewski-Fruer and Dr Andy Smith FBASES.

    In our foundation year, this work was important to ensure that we listened to the BASES membership and learned from what our peers thought about how best to move forward.

    Through this workstream, we have conducted a survey of the BASES membership and shared the results with the Board and used them to shape our thinking and action.

    Going forward, it is envisaged that the CCAT will continue to listen to the membership to ensure our work is relevant, applied and practical.

    Workstream 2: Draft a Climate Change Action Plan for the Association

    Over the first year of the CCAT, this work was led by Dr Ash Willmott and Dr Andrew Garret.

    In our foundation year, this workstream was important to ensure that the work of the Action Team had a purposeful direction and strategy for BASES.

    Through this workstream, we have developed a strategic way forward and developed a better understanding of how we can have the biggest impact on the Association and its members and partners.

    The workstream also designed and produced a user-friendly infographic to summarise BASES’ Climate Change strategy for its members and the general public to use and understand.

    Workstream 3: Organise a BASES webinar on Sport and Exercise Science and Climate Change

    Over the first year of the CCAT, this work was led by Dr Julia Zakrzewski-Fruer and Dr Susie Crawford.

    In our foundation year, this work was important to ensure that we began to take practical, relevant and applied action as soon as possible

    Through this workstream, we ran the first ever BASES webinar on Climate Change which took place on 2 February 2022 and was entitled ‘Race to reduce our carbon footprint: The role of the Sport and Exercise Scientist’. Members can watch the webinar again via the member-only webinar page

    Workstream 4: Create a BASES Climate Change Action webpage

    Over the first year of the CCAT, this work was led by Romain Denis and Dr Steve Mears.

    In our foundation year, this work was important to ensure that the Team had a way to communicate with the BASES membership and to ensure openness and transparency.

    The result of this work is the webpage that you are reading now.

    Workstream 5: Explore how BASES conferences and The Sport and Exercise Scientist can advocate for climate change

    Over the first year of the CCAT, this work was led by Louise Ellis.

    In our foundation year, this work was important to ensure that we thought about the long term and how future BASES conferences and The Sport and Exercise Scientist could help tackle climate change.

    This workstream represents an ongoing long-term piece of work for the CCAT

    Workstream 6: Pledge to Net Zero planning

    Over the first year of the CCAT, this work was led by Dr Andy Smith FBASES and Dr Lee Graves with significant input from Dr Ash Wilmott and Dr Andrew Garret.

    In our foundation year, this work was important as the Board has committed BASES to the Pledge to Net Zero, requiring the Association to estimate its carbon emissions and set a target to reduce them.

    Through this workstream, we have estimated the carbon emission of BASES and proposed to Pledge to Net Zero a target to reduce them. In doing so, we have developed some of the skills that the Association and the Discipline will need if it is to help address climate change. To share this knowledge with the Sport and Exercise Sciences community, in our second year of operation, it is planned to write this work up for publication.

    Resources

    1. Scientific Articles

    • Climate Change, Physical Activity and Sport: A Systematic Review. [Link]

    • The climate change mitigation impacts of active travel: Evidence from a longitudinal panel study in seven European cities [Link]

    • Changing behaviour for net zero 2050 [Link]

    • Active travel: increasing levels of walking and cycling in England [Link]

    • Physical activity and the environment – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) [Link]

    • Cycling for health: Improving health and mitigating the climate crisis. [Link]

    • New global physical activity guidelines for a more active and healthier world: the WHO Regional Offices perspective [Link]     

    • What is COP26 and how does it affect sport? [Link]

    • Air pollution, physical activity and health: A mapping review of the evidence [Link]

    • Health economic assessment of a shift to active transport [Link]

    • Transforming Our Cities: Best Practices Towards Clean Air and Active Transportation [Link]

    • European cyclists' federation – Quantifying CO2 savings of cycling [Link]

    • Development of the Impacts of Cycling Tool (ICT): A modelling study and web tool for evaluating health and environmental impacts of cycling uptake [Link]

    • United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework [Link]

    • Assessing the environmental impacts of mega sporting events: Two options? [Link]

    • Reducing the carbon footprint of spectator and team travel at the University of British Columbia's varsity sports events [Link]

    2. Links to media

    • London Marathon using recyclable cups to cut plastic waste [Link]

    • How clean is the Tour de France? [Link]

    • Movistar Team aims to become first 100% sustainable cycling organisation [Link]

    • ‘Extreme heat can be deadly:’ how cricket is handling the climate crisis [Link]

    3. Links to organisations

    · BASIS (The British Association for Sustainable Sport) https://basis.org.uk/ - BASES recently signed a Partnership Agreement with BASIS [Press release]

    · Sustainability Exchange https://www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk/home - Developed by Sustainable UCL, the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) contains actions which lab users can take to save plastics, water, energy and other resources. By taking part in the programme, laboratories will reduce their carbon emissions and create an environment that supports research quality.

    · The Retail Merchant Services has produced an SME’s guide to reducing your carbon footprint and environmental impact.

    4. Case studies

    Will be populated in due course

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