The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and SAZKA Tour are pleased to announce that 80 founding signatories have already committed to UCI Climate Action Charter.
UCI WorldTeams, UCI Women’s WorldTeams, National Federations and major event organisers including Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), RCS Sports and Flanders Classics are among cycling’s stakeholders that have already signed the Charter. Czech Cycling Tour, organizer of the Peace Race and SAZKA Tour, is one of the first signatories.
The UCI Climate Action Charter, adopted by the UCI Management Committee in September, was developed in conjunction with the UCI’s Cycling for All and Sustainable Cycling Commission. It provides an opportunity for organisations operating within our sport to publicly commit to reducing cycling’s environmental impacts, advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and promoting everyday cycling.
By signing this Charter, they commit to measure and report emissions to internationally recognised standards and take concrete actions to reduce waste and energy demand. The UCI Climate Action Charter and its eight commitments are published on the UCI website.
The UCI will help signatories meet these commitments through continued support and will provide the necessary tools and resources for initiatives in favour of the UCI’s sustainability strategy.
The UCI Climate Action Charter is an important stepping-stone before sustainability obligations are formalised over the coming years in collaboration with the sport’s stakeholders, in line with the UCI’s Agenda 2030 and ongoing work to reform professional cycling and update UCI Regulations, contract requirements and organiser guides.
The UCI will report on progress for driving climate action throughout cycling in its next Annual Report. A more detailed status update will be published in 2024 following an audit of signatories and analysis of the emissions reporting.
UCI President David Lappartient said: “I am delighted that so many stakeholders have already committed to our UCI Climate Action Charter. Our aim when adopting this Charter was to unite cycling’s stakeholders to reduce our sport’s emissions and help slow climate change. We need to work together, learn from each other and collaborate on solutions for the shared challenges we face to achieve climate neutrality for our sport.
“It is clear from the early response that our stakeholders share our concerns and desire to contribute to a better world, and I look forward to seeing the list of signatories lengthen.”
Leopold König, director of SAZKA Tour, said: "These are not empty phrases, but concrete measures to reduce waste, energy demand and carbon footprint."
The full list of the UCI Climate Charter’s founding signatories can be found on the UCI website. This list will be updated monthly as more teams, National Federations, event organisers and broadcasters sign the Charter and fill out the required questionnaire.