"This is the next logical step in bringing our future strategy 'TSG is movement' to life and making an important contribution to climate protection. Comprehensive climate neutrality is not a vague goal – it needs to be addressed in concrete terms," says Stefan Wagner, who is responsible for TSG Hoffenheim's sustainability strategy, among other things.
"We are pleased to work with TSG Hoffenheim to create transparency regarding the club's CO2 emissions and to identify effective measures to reduce the club's CO2 footprint in the long term. As a Bundesliga team, TSG play an important role in the fight against the climate crisis. Football clubs have large fanbases and reach the masses – and that is exactly where the climate crisis has to be tackled," says planetly co-founder Anna Alex.
New compensation project – protecting the habitats of mountain gorillas
In order to minimise their own climate impact, TSG are supporting a project run by the non-profit climate protection organisation, myclimate, and compensating for emissions of 3,000 tons in CO2 for the 2020/21 season. The club has been climate-neutral since the 2019/20 season. These savings are achieved through the subsidisation of efficient stoves in Rwanda. It also supports other United Nations development goals, such as those relating to protecting women's health. This harmony is the basic idea of the "Alliance for Development and Climate", which was initiated by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, of which TSG Hoffenheim has been a member since 2018.
"TSG Hoffenheim were able to choose from many high-quality climate protection projects. With the project "efficient stoves save the habitat of the last mountain gorillas in Rwanda", the professional football club is supporting a project certified according to the gold standard, which contributes to 10 UN sustainability goals at the same time. In this way, not only greenhouse gas emissions are demonstrably saved, but the living conditions of the population are also improved and the forests of the endangered mountain gorillas are protected from deforestation," says Stefan Baumeister, Managing Director of myclimate Deutschland gGmbH.