Richmond Green Ambassadors, Hugo Ralphsmith, Poppy Kelly and Nick Vlastuin.

Richmond Football Club’s standing as a leader in sustainability and climate action has been recognised after it was nominated for the BBC’s Green Sport Awards.

The Awards celebrate athletes, former athletes, and sporting organisations worldwide that are working hard to enact and inspire change to reduce emissions.

The Club has been nominated for the Elite Organisation of the Year Award alongside Forest Green Rovers, Formula E, The ATP Tour, and the International Biathlon Union.


Richmond was the first Australian sporting Club to sign the United Nations Sport for Climate Action Framework, and in July became the first AFL club to launch an Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (ESAP).

The ESAP 2022-24 details how the Club will deliver on its UN commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040.

Richmond CEO Brendon Gale said having the Club’s efforts recognised on a global stage was fantastic.

“We are extremely proud of the vision that we have set out to play our role in helping our planet and community prosper both practically, and by using our platform to create awareness,” he said.

“It is only a small part of the solution, but collectively, as an organisation, and with the support of the 105,000-strong Tiger Army, we can help effect change.”

The BBC Green Sport Awards winners will be announced on Monday, October 2, with Australian Test Cricket captain Pat Cummins and four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel, among others, nominated for accolades as part of the Award categories.