At the end of 2020, the Bern Capitals became the first sports club in Switzerland to join the United Nations’ Sports for Climate Action initiative. One difficulty that soon became apparent was that it was impossible for the club to measure its own carbon footprint and derive options to reduce it. The solution to this problem was sought together with swiss unihockey and found in the form of a CO2 calculator tailored to floorball clubs.
Daniel Kasser, Managing Director of the Men’s World Cup at swiss unihockey, sees the myclimate partnership and the new web calculator as an important step towards more sustainability in Swiss floorball that goes beyond the World Cup: “Our goal is for the World Cup to make a contribution to sustainability that will also continue after the tournament. We have created a promising basis with the calculator that may even have an impact beyond floorball.”
How Does the myclimate Web Calculator for Clubs Work?
The myclimate web calculator calculates the relevant greenhouse gas emissions for a floorball club and, using its activity data, creates a corresponding carbon footprint for the period under review. The calculator is divided into seven sub-sections that require the input of specific consumption and performance data. Data entry for each emission source can be simplified by selecting average values calculated for the size of the club.
Home matches and training sessions, mobility for training sessions and away matches, catering, energy supply, materials and waste are covered at club level across all teams. The calculated greenhouse gas emissions are based on current emission factors, scientific publications, international statistics and internal values established empirically by myclimate. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions correspond to the amount of CO2 equivalents that can be offset in myclimate carbon offset projects.
“Our goal was to provide those responsible with a simple application to calculate their club’s greenhouse gas emissions with just a few entries, analyse them, use them to raise awareness among their own members and use them to plan effective measures for reduction or offsetting,” says Cornelia Rutishauser, Corporate Partnerships Manager and Internal Project Manager at myclimate. The Sustainability Officer of the Bern Capitals, Mario Teuscher, has used the web calculator and is enthusiastic: “We can now work on reducing our emissions in a targeted way. The report from the climate calculator helps us out a lot with this.”