According to a report published today by the BMC - which represents climbers, hillwalkers and mountaineers in England and Wales - the organisation will be decarbonising the way it operates as well as advocating for climate actions across its 83,000-strong membership, and with those it works with.
This follows analysis, carried out by Anthesis, revealed that;
Whist the BMC has already taken several steps to reduce its operational footprint - including switching to renewable energy, banning single use plastic and ensuring the BMC shop supply chain is as ethical and sustainable as possible – it also acknowledges that further understanding of our impact and associated actions need to be undertaken.
Continued investment in landscape restoration projects are a core part of the BMCs carbon-reduction strategy, with the Climate Project contributing towards an annual saving of over 60,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. This is through the transformation of moorland landscape to foster healthy peatbog which has a unique and unrivalled carbon capture capacity.
Dr Cath Flitcroft, Head of Access, Environment and Sustainability at the BMC, said; “The power of the BMC and our members is that we can - and will continue to - display climate leadership by taking responsibility for our footprint and step-up in the face of the threats posed by climate change.
“In order for us to protect the outdoor space and places that our members love, we need climate related issues to be at the forefront of operational decisions and a solid plan with tangible actions to keep us on track.
“Our Climate and Sustainability Action Plan - to be published in Spring – will ensure that we achieve these ambitious targets and by making our annual carbon reports publicly available, we’re holding ourselves to account.”
As well as actively encouraging, enabling and supporting members to become more sustainable via its LifeShare platform, climate checklist and recycling centre the organisation has also joined forces with the global sports community to combat climate change as part of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework.
In a bid to inspire the outdoor community, the BMC is asking people to share their projects of love for the environment and the sustainable steps they are taking to reduce their impact on the environment on their climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering adventures. Send your #SustainableStories along with any pictures to email@example.com using the hashtag in the subject line.