Long-term plan already in place
Telefónica-backed squad – Spain’s first cycling team to be recognised by their home country’s Ministry for Ecological Transition – already producing more than 60% of energy used at its HQ with solar panels; Union Cycliste Internationale supporting Blues’ practices.
Announced last summer as a long-term project which aimed at achieving that cycling remains the ‘ultimate green sport’ it has always been considered, the Movistar Team’s Sustainability Plan is already contributing to decrease the Blues’ Greenhouse Gases production and thus reduce its carbon footprint -estimated, in 2020, as 175,000kg of equivalent CO2 every year-.
The Movistar Team’s best known faces, including newcomers to the 2021 roster such as Miguel Ángel López and Annemiek van Vleuten, are supporting, at the video below, a plan also featuring their top sponsor Telefónica’s collaboration, the company again identifying itself with the Spanish squad’s values as part of their Responsible Business strategy, more precisely their Green TIC and environment objectives.
The Sustainability Plan is already building key steps for its progress. Other than the calculation of its carbon footprint, for which the Movistar Team received in 2020 the Seal of Recognition from Spain’s Ministry for Ecological Transition -the first cycling team to receive such an award-, the Blues have installed solar panels at their HQ in Pamplona. In the first few weeks since the system was turned on, the Telefónica-backed squad has been able to cover 60% of its energy consumption with solar energy. More precise info will follow in the next weeks weeks on the energy mix used by the company managing the Movistar Team.
The squad led by Eusebio Unzué has also been recognised by the Union Cycliste Internationale, the sport’s governing body intending to use the Movistar Team’s plan as a basis, mid to long-term, for a Code of Good Practices which both the organisation and other teams can use to improve their environmental situation in the future.