Firstly, our aim is to reduce negative impacts towards our environment in as many areas as possible. Starboard and SOMWR support various sporting events to calculate the CO2 emissions of those who travel to the event. In addition, some events will calculate extra elements such as electricity and fuel use.
Starboard and SOMWR work with our partners and event organisers to gather event data. Which in turn helps us to calculate their CO2 emissions. Once we know this, we are able to make these events carbon neutral or carbon positive through planting mangrove trees.
- Carbon neutral events plant 1 mangrove for every 1 tonne of CO2 emissions identified in calculations.
- Carbon positive events plant more than 1 mangrove planted per 1 tonne of CO2 emissions identified in calculations.
- 10 x carbon positive events will plant have 10 mangroves per 1 tonne of CO2 emissions identified in calculations.
Furthermore, the aim of supporting these events is to help individuals increase their awareness that everything they do creates a CO2 impact of some sort. Once you know your impact, you can work on ways to reduce your emissions. Following this, we can use nature to sink down the remaining equivalent.
Let’s take a look at the ISA SUP World Championships in 2016
In 2016, the ISA set a new standard at the Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship by focusing on becoming carbon neutral through planting 4,000 mangrove trees.