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Deceuninck-QuickStep to attempt to become first carbon-neutral cycling team

Joe Robinson
13 Jan 2020

Team will look to offset their carbon footprint of 1,288 tonnes of CO2

Deceuninck-QuickStep have announced that they will attempt to become the world's first carbon-neutral professional cycling team. Announced at their recent training camp in Calpe, the Belgian WorldTour will begin working with CO2logic to offset their yearly carbon footprint.

In a 'manifesto of changes', the team pledged towards reducing their environmental impact by reducing waste and educating riders, staff and supporters in the importance of climate change.

CO2logic calculated that the carbon footprint of the team is currently 1,288 tonnes of CO2, which equates to a mighty 539 return flights from Brussels to New York.

With this in mind, the team made eight pledges that they plan to stick to for the coming two seasons:

• Creating consciousness and networking among the team’s partners/suppliers
• Promoting selling of recycled products through the team’s digital platform
• Encouraging fans and partner staff to travel more via bicycle
• Reducing energy consumption at the headquarters
• Dividing and recycling the waste and using biodegradable products as much as possible
• Promoting the culture of recycling and reduce littering
• Educating riders and staff to respect the environment
• Offset remaining CO2 emissions by supporting certified climate projects

The team will also support projects in Uganda and Mont Ventoux to help combat environmental impacts.

In Uganda, work will be done to help provide safe drinking water to the Kaliro District while a conservation project at Ventoux will hopefully return wolves to the area through reforestation.

CO2logic founder Antoine Geerinc said of the team's intiative: 'We are very pleased with the Deceuninck-QuickStep climate engagement and collaboration. This will set an example for all sports. Cycling is a beautiful and originally low-carbon sport that brings people around the world together.

'Unfortunately, due to the travelling requirements, CO2 is emitted into the atmosphere. Together we will keep calculating and reducing the team's climate impact through daily actions and by supporting certified climate projects.'

The issue of professional cycling's carbon footprint has been slowly growing for the last few years, coming to a noticeable head at the 2019 Tour de France when a stage was abandoned halfway through due to severe weather.

In a recent article for Cyclist, sport and environment consultant Dom Goggins claimed: 'In the long-term, extreme weather – particularly extreme heat – could be as big a challenge for cycling as doping has been. It would be madness for a sport that’s so affected by climate change not to minimise its contribution to the problem.'