Mohali:The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) on Friday hosted first-ever carbon-neutral match when Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians clashed in the Indian Premier League tournament here.
The PCA had roped in a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) representative for suggesting ways to reduce the carbon emission at its sports facilities here.
A representative of UNEP, who was associated with FIFA in reducing carbon emission conducted an audit of the PCA's sports facilities in terms of their carbon emission and then recommend steps to be carried out for making them a carbon neutral body.
Under this move, the UNEP had suggested ways to collect and separate waste, install a rain harvesting system, recycling of water, setting up solar power panels to reduce consumption of fuel etc.
Punjab skipper Kumar Sangakara was delighted to be part of the initiative.
"We all need a better and green planet to live and I am proud to be a part of this exciting environment-related initiative. I look forward to participate in many more climate neutral cricket games in the future," the Sri Lankan cricketer said.
"It is really great that we have got an opportunity to host and fund the first-ever climate neutral cricket game. PCA is delighted to be a part of this new green era for cricket," PCA President and ICC's Principal Advisor I S Bindra said.
PCA has ensured that the carbon footprint from the game will be kept as low as possible by offsetting an estimated 580 tonne of match-related carbon-dioxide emissions.
The unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions will be compensated by investment in climate protection projects. According to PCA officials, nearly USD 10,150 will go towards supporting a residual biomass project in Rajasthan.
"This first step will certainly become a trend-setter in the world. Cricket is making money just because of people and through such activities we can give something back to public.
It is our social responsibility to play our part in this green movement," Bindra said.
While calculating the amount of emissions that will be generated from this match, UNEP and PCA have taken into account the travel, accommodation and food consumption of all the players, officials and as well as of local fans traveling to the stadium.
Theodore Oben, chief of UNEP's outreach unit, said they are assisting the IPL in calculating the greenhouse gas emissions.
"We are looking at ways to save our natural resources by looking at a variety of elements including stadium lights, transport and refreshments," he said.
As part of the "Batting for the Environment" initiative, 'Green Tips' are being flashed on giant screens in the stadiums and are being announced by commentators daily during the matches, advising cricketers and fans on how to play a part in limiting greenhouse gas emissions and caring for the environment.