The Roland-Garros and the Environment

b_DM_2805_03_COURTS_JEAN_BOUIN“Game, planet and Match”: for the first time, players at the French Open are involved in the Roland-Garros public awareness campaign.

In a spirit of true sportsmanship, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Victoria Azarenka, Angélique Kerber, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Agnieszka Radwanska, Garbine Muguruza, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep and Kei Nishikori took part in the short video, “Game, planet and match”, aimed at promoting recycling and preventing waste. The video will be broadcast on the screens around the grounds, on social networks and on, and brings the tournament into a new era in terms of environmental awareness and more widespread involvement of all, including players.

What does the awareness campaign involve?

  • Monday 30 May: Inaugural Sustainable Development Day at Roland-Garros, sponsored by the FFT and ENGIE.

Messages designed to build awareness will be broadcast regularly to spectators in the stadium during the tournament. Awareness of sustainable development will be the highlight of this particular day at Roland-Garros, which will mark the start of European Sustainable Development Week.

A sustainable development quiz has also been devised for spectators who can follow a connected trail through the stadium during the tournament. The “Experience” wristband, which is available at the RG LAB, will give spectators a chance to see the tournament from a different angle and take part in various connected activities. They will also have chances throughout the fortnight to win two tickets for the 2017 French Open.

  • To reduce its environmental impact, the tournament has been running a campaign since 2010 to promote less polluting forms of transport.

The results of this awareness campaign speak for themselves:
+6.2% of fans (up from 54.9% to 61.1%) using public transports over the past five years.
–17.4% of fans using private vehicles (down from 38% to 20.6%) over the past five years (an average of 2.4 persons per vehicle).
+6.7% of fans using low-impact forms of transport (walking or cycling) over the past five years (up from 4.3% to 11%).

Roland-Garros has also made a carpooling website (French only) available to everyone involved with the tournament, as well as an eco-comparison tool (French only) which enables people to evaluate the means of transport for getting to Roland-Garros which emits the least CO2.

Still on the subject of transport, as was the case in 2015, the fleet of official Peugeot vehicles will be washed using a waterless system. This results in significant water savings as well as reducing the distance driven by the vehicles to and from car-washes.

  • The reduction and the reuse of waste are of course also at the heart of what the FFT does during Roland-Garros.

– A system of waste separation is implemented during the tournament. In 2015, of the 428 tonnes of waste produced during the tournament, 119 tonnes were recycled.
– For the fifth year in a row, the green teams will be going around the stadium making spectators aware of what to do in order to be environmentally responsible.
– Reusable cups: Ecocups have replaced disposable drinks cups. They require a €1 deposit and are offered to all spectators. In 2015, they reduced the amount of cardboard required by the tournament by around 2 tonnes.
– An organic waste management system has been a part of the renovation of the dining infrastructure of the tournament (restaurants for tournament organisation and the media beneath Courts No.4 and No.5, players’ restaurant, Club des Présidents and “La Divine” public restaurant beneath the south zone of Suzanne-Lenglen Court).


Photo: Dubreuil Corinne