GLOBAL INTRODUCTION OF THE GOAL WITH SOME STATISTICS
The objective SDG 7 is to guarantee access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions represent a drastic problem, which leads not only to the environmental catastrophes, but it has a negative impact on the health of the population, too. Despite the fact that renewable energy is becoming more accessible, still one in ten people in the world lack access to electricity and 3 billion people still cook using solid fuels (such as wood, crop wastes, charcoal, coal and dung) and kerosene in open fires and inefficient stoves.
In order to achieve the objective 7 of the UN SDG, the most important activity is to invest in clean/renewable energy sources and to adopt cost-effective standards in order to reduce electricity consumption. Furthermore, it is very important to strengthen international cooperation between researchers and businesses to develop technology favouring renewable energy and to promote investment ambitions in the renewable energy sector.
HOW CAN SPORT BE USEFUL TO REACH THE GOAL?
The achievement of SDG 7 in the sports sector can be supported by both decision-makers of the sports sector and developers of sports infrastructure. LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is indispensable for designing modern stadiums or other sport facilities. Due to advancements in wind/solar-based energy production, these renewable technologies are widely affordable and accessible to the sports sector as well. Based on Carbon Trust research, lighting can account for up to 20% of total energy costs in the sports sector, which represents an ultimate opportunity to cut unnecessary energy consumption. Facility managers shall cooperate with energy experts to find key opportunities for energy-saving.
High-level athletes also have the potential to contribute to energy saving. For instance, during sport events they can support energy-friendly initiatives and promote eco-friendly methods of transportation. Organizers of sports events can support less energy intensive modes of transportation of spectators by supporting them with cheaper tickets on sport events in the case, if they use their bicycles or they can agree with the local public transport manager to provide free public transport tickets for the spectators. Moreover, sport event organizers can promote initiatives concerning renewable energy and sports organizations can raise awareness of energy efficiency by implementing energy-saving initiatives.
Good example can be the Emirates Stadium in London, where a battery storage system has been installed at the stadium that can store enough energy to run the facility for an entire football game. Read more at: https://www.power-technology.com/news/arsenals-battery-system-emirates/
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