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Edinburgh Rugby is working with Scottish Rugby on a sustainability plan as part of its commitment to the environment. The plan is to be presented to Scottish Rugby Limited’s Board this summer.

To kick-start the plan, Edinburgh Rugby representatives joined Scottish Rugby in collaboration with leading professional services group Arup, to place the environment firmly on everyone’s radar.

Natasha Connolly, Director at Arup, added: “Scottish Rugby wishes to place environmental, social and governance (ESG) at the heart of its operations to become a leader of sustainability in the sports industry.

“Arup fully supports this ambition and is proud to be working with Scottish Rugby on its journey. We are utilising our ESG expertise to collaboratively set an ambitious vision and plan, and to embed a strong sustainability culture within the organisation.”

Former Edinburgh Rugby wing and GB Sevens squad member, Jamie Farndale – who is Scottish Rugby’s Sustainability Ambassador – said: “It’s difficult to get across the entire message about sustainability in a single conversation, so the workshops held at Scottish Gas Murrayfield were really useful and there is buy-in from everyone on this.

“These meetings highlighted that while there is plenty of work to be done in this area, there is an honest and open mindset that progress will be made.

“Arup are specialists in this area, they’re very diligent and have led widespread research into the sector.

“Scottish Rugby has the ability to influence and impact in working towards a more sustainable future. We have a good understanding of where we are and there is a genuine drive within Scottish Rugby and wider stakeholders about where we want to get to.

“There’s real community at the heart of rugby, which enables us to harness strategic action in this important area. There’s loads to do in reducing our impact on the environment, as well as playing a part in transitioning our society towards a low-carbon one.”

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