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Experts in Sport: Climate change and sport: The current situation and changes needed for a better future

With COP28 commencing on 30 November, discussions around the impact of climate change upon sport have once again become prevalent. Conversations around the sustainability of sport and the issues facing the industry are now fundamental in the planning and execution of events.

Questions remain as to how can we mitigate the effects of increasing extreme weather events and continue to hold major sporting events in a sustainable manner?

In this episode of the Experts in Sport podcast, featuring host Martin Foster alongside guests Dr Russell Seymour and Elliott Brown, centres on discussions around the social, economic and sustainability of the sports industry.

The panel talk about the increasing number of sports events affected by climate change, including the negative impacts of these changes such as the physical effects upon athletes, spectators, coaches and officials.

The fact that policies must be established to support the continuation of sporting events while also adhering to sustainable practices is also touched upon.

Also high on the agenda is how research within the sustainability sector indicates that major sporting events are becoming increasingly impacted by extreme weather and structural issues within sports facilities. These obstacles are exemplified across the Loughborough Campus, as Elliott explains how operations are being adapted to account for the environmental changes in our surroundings.

Guests also talk about the important of having dialogue around the sustainability of sports facilities and fixtures and how these should be effectively utilised in influencing the actions of NGBs, sports clubs and individuals to improve the state of our environment and increase longevity within the sporting industry.

Dr Russ Seymour is a Senior Enterprise Fellow for the Institute of Sport Business at Loughborough London, as well as chairing the British Association for Sustainable Sport.

The British Association for Sustainable Sport (BASIS), chaired by Russell, assists in informing sports clubs, venues and governing bodies in improving their sustainability impact and performance.

Elliott Brown currently works as Sustainability Project Manager at Loughborough University, having previously studied a Masters in Climate Change Policy and Politics at the University.

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The Experts in Sport podcast is a regular series that brings together experts from across Loughborough University with external thought leaders to discuss the latest research and hot topics in sport and academia with new episodes launched regularly.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2022 QS World University Rankings – the sixth year running – and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is ranked 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2023, 10th in the Guardian University League Table 2023 and 11th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’, and in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 over 90% of its research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.