UCI President reflects on changes in sport to improve climate action

Last Tuesday (24), through social networks and official websites, the president of the UCI, David Lappartient, reflected and presented guidelines on the necessary changes in professional sport to combat carbon reduction and make cycling a sport more sustainable.

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According to reports, the UCI’s intention is related to reformulating the competition calendar, changing electric vehicles, communicating with organizers to reduce the number of trips, among others. The intention is that, by 2030, carbon emissions will be cut by 50%.

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“There is no other choice but to change. We are not at the level we should be. We are on the right path, but our starting point was not good and there is a lot of effort to be made. Our ambition is very high, to get a 10, and we are improving. We started to share goals, a vision, but I think we have to evolve further, and it has to be a truly common goal for everyone”, said UCI President David Lappartient.

The businessman stated that for the changes to be applied, it is necessary to rethink the competitions that are held around the world, whether in Europe, Asia or the Middle East. Furthermore, he reflected that in Grand Tours the organizers will have to exchange vehicles for electric cars, as well as introduce rules so that the proposals are more rigorous.

“In the future, we will not be able to have 900km rest days, there is no way it can continue like this. We will be reviewing this. For organizers to reduce their own emissions by 50%, they have no choice but to drive electric cars and reduce distances between stages,” reflected David Lappartient.

The UCI president shared that the matter has already been discussed with several teams and organizers of major competitions and that many of them have already signed the institution’s climate action charter documents, which state commitments, rules and dynamics that facilitate sustainable changes.

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