The New York Yankees have become the first major North American team to join the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework.
Under the initiative, the baseball team has committed to measure, reduce and offset its emissions and use sport as a unifying force to drive climate awareness and action.
The New York Yankees join other international organisations committed to the initiative, including the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, the French Tennis Federation-Roland Garros, Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, Rugby World Cup 22021, Tokyo Summer Olympics, UEFA, World Surf League and Formula E, among others.
Hal Steinbrenner, Yankees Managing General Partner said: “The New York Yankees are proud to support the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework.
“For many years, the Yankees have been implementing the type of climate action now enshrined in the Sports for Climate Action principles and with this pledge, the Yankees commit to continue to work collaboratively with our sponsors, fans and other relevant stakeholders to implement the UN’s climate action agenda in sports.”
The organisation previously installed energy efficient lighting, with the LEDs said to be 40% more efficient and 50% brighter than the previous field lights used at the stadium.
The Great Hall at the Yankee Stadium also uses natural cooling and ventilation, which means it doesn’t require any air conditioning systems – the energy savings per game is said to be equivalent to 125 New York City apartments shutting off their air conditioning on a hot summer day.