13 - 19 June 2022

cinch Championships

The Queen's Club

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cinch Championships | Sustainability

In 2021, the cinch Championships, in accordance with UK government and Public Health England guidance, will welcome approximately 2,300 people a day, in a socially distanced manner, over a 7 day period. While this is a significantly less amount of people in comparison to previous years, the tournament remains a showcase for world-class tennis. However, in order to make the experience for everyone involved unforgettable, resources are used, waste is created and people, the environment and economies are affected. 

Sustainability is increasingly becoming one of the most significant challenges across a broad range of socio-cultural, environmental and economic matters. As such, we recognise that we have an important role to play and believe there is an opportunity to showcase sustainability-in-action, at the same time as demonstrating what is possible to inspire and motivate attendees, suppliers, players and everyone else involved with the event to take away with them solutions that can be practiced and implemented in their own homes, workplaces, and day to day life.  

We have already identified a number of initiatives listed below which we will continue to implement, however, evolving into a truly sustainable event takes time. For 2021, we will monitor our impact with the results helping us to put measurements in place and set future goals to work towards.

Waste

While we encourage people to try and reduce their waste and reuse materials where possible, waste production cannot be stopped entirely. To lessen its volume, maximise segregation and prevent all that is possible from going into general waste, a large sorting table is located in the back of house area, manned by operators to help manually separate each waste stream.

To further support this, a comprehensive ‘bin-frastructure’ is in place around the grounds to help encourage separation and responsible disposal at source. Guidance is provided to spectators on the colour coded signs at each bin station to help ensure that materials stand the best chance of being recovered. Triple-bin systems are provided that facilitates the collection of Mixed Recycling, General Waste and Glass while a single-stream system is also in place for the collection of Food Waste from the kitchen areas.

To reduce plastic bottle use at the event, spectators and staff are provided with water bottle filling facilities around the grounds. Event Stewards are given re-usable water bottles to encourage reuse while water coolers are positioned in various staff, media and player areas to reduce additional waste.

Mixed Recycling

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.

Dedicated coffee cup bins are also located in the cafes to further help with recycling. The paper cups are taken to a specialist mill where 100% of the cup is recycled and given new life. 90% of the cup is converted back into paper and the remaining 10% is 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.

Food Waste

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.

Glass Waste

We ensure as many glass bottles are recovered as possible. Glass waste is collected and sent for reprocessing into materials such as aggregate.

Floral Reuse

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.

Power

For 2021, we will be using HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) fuel 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.  

Lanyards

All our 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 resulted in almost 500 fewer bags being used at the 2019 tournament.  

Transport

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)