The ATP has announced a wave of new initiatives that will ensure this year’s Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 is the most sustainable tournament since the prestigious season-ending event moved to London in 2009.
The range of measures have been developed to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the eight-day event, in particular the amount of plastic used by players and fans.
For the first time, each player and their teams will be provided with optional re-usable bottles for their on-court drinks, while sealed glass bottles will be provided in the player locker rooms and bedrooms for the preparation of their on-court drinks.
Many of the ATP’s leading players have expressed support for the initiative, including Kevin Anderson, Vice President of the ATP Player Council, who stated:
As leading tennis players we have an important role to play in setting examples and being positive role models for future generations. We are in a fortunate position where we might be able to affect some positive change, no matter how small it might be. Protecting the environment and reducing plastic waste on the Tour is something that I am very passionate about, along with many of my peers. This is a really positive step forward and I encourage as many of my fellow competitors to embrace these initiatives.
Water coolers and fountains will also be placed at various points backstage for tournament staff and media, along with the provision of reusable water bottles to reduce the number of plastic water bottles used over the duration of the tournament.
Additionally, for the first time at the season-ending event, The O2 are working in partnership with Stack-Cup to provide fans with reusable cups for alcoholic drinks purchased at the venue, which they can return or take home.
This will significantly reduce the number of plastic bottles and single use plastic drinks containers sold, with an estimate 50,000 single use plastic cups being removed from the event waste stream.
Working in close co-operation with AEG, the operators of The O2, all waste on-site during the Nitto ATP Finals will be passed through the on-site waste compound which houses the latest recycling and waste technology.
The O2 currently commits less than 1% of its 3,500 tonnes of waste per annum to landfill; segregating all oils, cardboard, wood, food, glass and Dried Mixed Recyclables on-site to reduce waste impact. In addition, an on-site wormery composts food waste and generates fertilizer.