The LTA recognises that we have an important role to play in addressing issues related to sustainability, protecting and supporting the environment and tackling and reducing our climate impacts, including at our major events.
The effects of climate change and other environmental challenges will increasingly have an impact on tennis in Britain, and it is critical that we take responsibility for the impacts we have, act to minimise them, and use our platform to spread awareness, advocate for and support positive action.
Last year, the LTA committed to the UN’s Sport for Climate Action Framework, and in spring 2022, we will publish the organisation’s first ever sustainability action plan, setting out how we will address sustainability considerations across our own operations and major events, and in our role as national governing body for tennis in Britain, supporting the wider tennis community.
We are committed to ensuring our major events meet high standards of sustainability, by reducing climate impacts, ensuring we utilise resources efficiently to reduce waste, and consider our impact on the natural environment. Further details of specific plans for 2022 and beyond will be published in due course.
This includes plastic drink bottles, aluminium cans, paper and cardboard. The recycling is transported to a state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility where it is then baled and sent for reprocessing.
General Waste (0% Waste to Landfill)
All remaining non-recyclable waste such as crisp packets, napkins, waste construction materials and contaminated recyclables are sent to a state-of-the-art Energy from Waste facility that diverts huge volumes of waste from landfill. This is because all the by-products from the incineration process, like ash and metals, are recovered and used to substitute materials like aggregate in roads or turned into new metal products.
Discarded food is collected and sent off-site to an Anaerobic Digestion facility, where naturally occurring micro-organisms break the food down into valuable compost used for agriculture. The facility also generates enough renewable electricity to power 4,500 homes.
We ensure as many glass bottles are recovered as possible. Glass waste is collected and sent for reprocessing into materials such as aggregate.
The tournament site, including entrances, hospitality suites and public areas, is dressed by a large array of floral displays. We work closely with our floral provider, who has recently launched not only their own ‘sustainability mission’ which addresses waste, design, purchase and legacy, but a new sustainability and donations initiative whereby flower arrangements are returned after the tournament to be repurposed and donated to one of several hospices, care homes, schools or floral arranging classes for wellbeing.
HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) fuel in is used in our temporary generators. HVO is a fossil-free, paraffinic fuel made from 100% renewable raw materials. The key benefits from using HVO are a decrease in Nitrogen Oxide levels, lower particulates and they can generate over 90% less greenhouse gases and emissions, reducing carbon footprints significantly.
All our tournament accreditation lanyards are produced with recycled PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) made from plastic bottles. Bottles are cleaned, shredded into pellets, crushed and melted and then spun into the thread.
Plastic Racket Bags
We have completely removed plastic bags from the on-site player racket stringing operation. This has resulted in almost 1,000 fewer bags being used since the 2019 tournament.
There is no public parking on-site and 75%* of visitors travel to the tournament by London Underground. Barons Court Underground Station is only a 3 minute walk from the Palliser Road Entrance. In addition, there are Santander Cycles docking stations in close proximity to the grounds including nearby Vereker Road (3min walk), Margravine Gardens (4min walk) and Greyhound Road (10min walk). You can download the Santander Cycles app here.
*Based on 2019 Customer Experience Report (2018 responses)