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NHL Fights Back Against Climate Change in Playoffs

The league will purchase carbon offsets to counter the impacts of air travel.


You can't play hockey without the ice, so the National Hockey League is taking steps to reduce or their carbon footprint (skate-print?) and reduce emissions of heat-trapping gasses during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Air travel is an obvious necessity, as teams to travel from city to city in the playoffs. But Reuters reports that for the first round of the playoffs, which is currently underway, the NHL will purchase carbon offsets to counter the impact of the air travel . In fact, the league will offset more than 465 metric tons of carbon emissions, which is the equivalent of taking 99 cars off the road for a year.

This is just the latest in a number of steps the NHL has taken to combat climate change, following the release of its second Sustainability Report last season. The report estimated that rising global temperatures could shrink the average length of the skating season by one third in eastern Canada and by 20 percent in western Canada. Now the league wants to make sure the game is preserved for future generations, and that youngsters will have to chance to learn to skate and play on frozen ponds and lakes like decades of players before them.

Image courtesy Taylor Friehl.

Reuters reports that for this latest initiative, the NHL will purchase the carbon offsets from Portland, Oregon-based Bonneville Environmental Foundation, which operates offset projects that capture or cut greenhouse gases emitted from animal waste, landfills and fossil fuel use.

The league has also made a point at its arenas across North America to cut carbon emissions, reduce waste and conserve water. PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh is LEED Gold Certified, the only NHL arena with that distinction . The Certification recognizes the facilities energy efficiency, sustainable materials, water savings and more.

Feature image courtesy NHL.com.

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