The matches aren’t being played on grass but they’ll still be green.
The carbon footprint of tennis at the US Open is being offset with renewable energy certificates (RECs) donated by an American energy company.
The RECs represent energy generated from a renewable source of energy such as wind or solar. GDF SUEZ Energy Resources is giving the United States Tennis Association enough of them to match 100% of energy consumption at the grand slam tournament.
It represents the same carbon emissions as 598,833 litres of petrol or 537 tonnes of landfill waste. Absorbing the same quantity of greenhouse gases would require 1,157 acres of forest.
The tournament will take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Joseph Crowley, the Senior Director of Operations at the centre said: “We’re doing our part to protect the planet while reinforcing our goal of making the tournament one of the most sustainable competitions in the world.”
It should hopefully allow Andy Murray to power through the tournament without worrying about greenhouse gases.