NEW YORK — The National Hockey League is making quite the power play to celebrate Earth Day.
In an effort to shrink its environmental footprint, the NHL announced today it will purchase carbon offsets for emissions caused by every team’s air travel during the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Along with celebrating Earth Day, the league said the decision was made “as part of [the NHL’s] commitment to sustainable business practices.” In total, the league will purchase offsets for about 2,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equal to removing approximately 425 cars from the road for one year.
The offsets will be bought from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, a non-profit organization, and the purchase will mark the first time the NHL has acted to offset carbon air travel-caused emissions during the playoffs, according to the league.
The purchasing of carbon offsets adds to the NHL’s increased commitment to environmental sustainability over the past decade. In 2010, NHL Green was launched to promote league-wide green business practices while the second NHL Sustainability Report was published last year. The report covers NHL’s environmental impact and preservation efforts, according to the league.