The world’s first carbon-free hockey turf to be used during the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris

Hockey at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris will be an exciting showcase of skill, strategy and athleticism, with the best teams from around the world competing at the highest level. But the XXXIII Olympiad aims to leave a lasting legacy, not only in sporting performance, but also in promoting environmental awareness within the realm of global sporting events.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has made a firm commitment to making hockey a globally sustainable sport and Paris 2024 will be another step towards achieving that goal. The first steps were taken with a steady reduction in water consumption, evidenced by the fact that the turf used at the Tokyo Olympics required 39% less water for optimal performance than the turf used in Rio just four years earlier used.

The boundaries will be further pushed at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, as hockey will be played on the innovative ‘Poligras Paris GT zero’ hockey grass, which sets new standards for sustainability in sports surfaces. Developed by Sport Group and installed in Paris by PolytaneThis advanced turf is the world’s first carbon-free hockey turf, in line with the Paris 2024 Games’ commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Carbon zero Poligras Paris GT zero is made from 80% sugar cane and is produced using green energy. The production process emphasizes low emissions and energy efficiency, ensuring that the grass life cycle – from creation to disposal – meets the highest environmental standards.

This environmentally friendly turf does not compromise on performance. Athletes can expect the same high-quality playability, ball speed and consistency that Poligras surfaces are known for, having been trusted for 8 Olympic Games and many World Cups. The 2024 Olympic Games in Paris will aim to demonstrate that sustainability and athletic excellence can go hand in hand.

Furthermore, ‘Poligras Paris GT zero’ is designed to save water. It requires significantly less irrigation than traditional artificial grass, which aligns with global efforts to conserve water resources, which is especially relevant as the world grapples with water scarcity issues.

The introduction of Polytan’s ‘Poligras Paris GT zero’ at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games marks a significant advancement in sustainable hockey technology. By using renewable resources and focusing on environmental impact, this new pitch not only supports elite sporting performance, but also sets a precedent for future hockey events prioritizing sustainability, which has been a long-standing goal for the FIH .

Poligras hockey turfs are available globally through Polytan in EMEA, Asia Pacific and Australasia, and AstroTurf in the Americas.

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