The National Hockey League (NHL) has confirmed that it will purchase carbon credits to offset the airline emissions produced during the Stanley Cup play-offs.
The announcement, which coincided with Earth Day, is part of the NHL’s ongoing efforts to tackle climate change.
This effort marks the first time the NHL will offset carbon emissions. The league will purchase credits for all four rounds of the competition which will equate to approximately 2000 tons of CO2 emissions in total.
The NHL will purchase carbon offsets from Bonneville Environmental Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Oregon that provides environmentally friendly product solutions.
For the first round of the play-offs, the NHL will offset more than 465 tons of CO2 which is the equivalent of taking 99 cars off the road for one year.
NHL Green, which was launched in 2010, has been committed to developing green business practices across the league and maintaining efforts to preserve the environment. It has undertaken initiatives alongside with the Chemours Company to introduce non-ozone depleting refrigerant systems for ice rinks across its markets.
Last season, the NHL released its second sustainability report which detailed the body’s efforts to manage its environmental impacts on all levels of hockey.