The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has announced the approval of two key elements of its sustainability strategy: Sustainability Guidelines and Sustainability Targets.
The Sustainability Guidelines document sets out recommendations for all cycling stakeholders with practical advice, case studies and detailed checklists enabling sporting organizations worldwide to integrate sustainable practices into their daily operations. The document is addressed to all UCI stakeholders, which include its 197 national federations, event organizers and teams.
The Sustainability Targets include:
- reducing greenhouse gas emissions from UCI and UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) operations to achieve carbon neutrality with a 45 percent reduction of absolute emissions by 2030;
- integrating environmental, social and economic responsibility into the UCI’s policies, operations and decision-making processes
- establishing a task force to guide the development of a strategy of equality, diversity and inclusion in cycling
- developing a sustainable sourcing strategy for the UCI and UCI events
- sharing best practice and become a global center for collaboration on cycling sustainability solutions
- developing a carbon calculator tool for use by cycling stakeholders
- measuring the UCI’s environmental and social impacts to report progress against sustainability objectives and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- working with organizations from all over the world to protect and enhance the planet’s biodiversity
- advocating for safe cycling and promoting strong local economies through cycling and sustainable development
Furthermore, as part of its policy for the promotion of women in governance, the UCI has modified its Constitution to include the obligation to elect at least one vice-president of each gender, for a total of four (three up until now). This provision is set to be approved by the UCI Congress in September.