Spanish LaLiga football club Osasuna has agreed a partnership with Brazilian climate technology company Moss which it claims marks a milestone in the sustainability of sport.
Moss specialises in creating environmental solutions through knowledge and blockchain technology, with a particular focus on the conservation of the Amazon rainforest. It has become an official sponsor of Osasuna, with the designation of global sustainability partner, and will offset the carbon footprint of the team and sporting activities of the club from 2023, along with taking concrete measures to reduce and offset the footprint and impact this year.
The project envisions the measurement and compensation of all greenhouse gas emissions generated by Osasuna’s administrative and sporting activities, covering its Estadio El Sadar and the Tajonar Sports City training ground, which is due to be redeveloped in the coming months.
The venture will also encompass Osasuna’s travel by bus and plane, and the entity’s water consumption. Moss will be in charge of calculating the club’s carbon inventory, neutralising these emissions through conservation carbon credits in the Brazilian Amazon.
In addition, Moss and Osasuna will also offer fans the option of purchasing carbon credits to offset the carbon footprint of official club products, and even match tickets. Fans will be able to purchase credits through the club’s official app and an exclusive website that will be launched for this purpose.
Another commitment of the two parties is to raise awareness in the local community about climate change and sustainability, with jointly organised events planned. Moss and Osasuna said they are committed to offering maximum transparency with regards their actions, disclosing inventory calculations and the number of carbon credits used in compensation on their websites, to serve as a “positive and inspiring example” in European football.
Luis Felipe Adaime, CEO and founder of Moss, said: “With this initiative, Osasuna becomes the first European club to support the conservation of the largest and most important forest in the world, the Amazon.
“Our commitment goes further beyond offsetting emissions; it is a comprehensive sustainability plan that involves everyone, from the fans to the community of Pamplona and Navarra.”
Osasuna said it intends to become a European benchmark for environmental sustainability in football. Club president, Luis Sabalza, stated: “We are a club with a strong social commitment and preserving the environment is part of that.
“This partnership with Moss will allow us to neutralise all our carbon emissions and therefore be a pioneering club in Spain. We hope that this alliance will help more and more clubs follow our example.”
Adaime added: “The Amazon is a global treasure that faces critical conservation challenges. This partnership with Osasuna demonstrates that it is possible to contribute practically and effectively to its preservation through the purchase of carbon credits. Neutralisation of the club’s emissions will have a positive socio-environmental impact.”