Portable Renewable Energy Blueprint launches as Low Carbon and Emirates GBR SailGP call on sports teams to tackle the climate crisis

Launched as part of Energy Day at COP28, Low Carbon and Emirates GBR’s Portable Off-Grid Power Blueprint provides a manual for sports teams and industries to integrate renewable energy technologies into their operations and tread lightly on the planet

Tuesday 5 December 2023 – Global renewable energy company Low Carbon and the Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team have called on sports teams around the world to switch to renewable energy to tackle the climate crisis.

As world leaders, policy makers and environmental experts gather at COP28 in Dubai for its Energy Day, Low Carbon and Emirates GBR launched a first-of-its-kind Portable Off-Grid Power Blueprint to encourage other sports teams and industries to adopt renewable energy into their operations. Sportspeople hold huge influential power, and by taking proactive action to tread lightly on the planet and incorporate renewable energy, they can inspire people across the globe to do the same.

The Blueprint provides organisations with the knowledge, information and contacts needed to integrate renewable energy into their operations. Low Carbon and Emirates GBR decided to create the blueprint due to the success of the bespoke solar and wind installation developed as part of their partnership. The installation, that consists of 38 solar panels and two micro wind turbines, travels around the world to Sail Grand Prix events with Emirates GBR and has taken the Team’s operations off-grid, while also producing enough energy to power other SailGP Teams. It has created 1,376kWh of clean energy across the first five events of SailGP Season 4,which is equivalent to removing 400kg/CO2.

The installation was designed by Low Carbon’s engineers working in partnership with the Emirates GBR Team and is made up of solar panels totalling up to 16kW. This has the potential to provide enough clean energy to power nearly 13,000 fridge-freezers for a whole day. The Emirates GBR SailGP Team and Low Carbon partnered in January 2023 as the two entities wanted to harness the power of sport and athletes to inspire positive change on a global scale. The Portable Off-Grid Power Blueprint is the next step in the partnership and will enable other sports teams and industries to make use of readily available technology and join the fight against the climate crisis.

The Blueprint has been published as part of Energy Day at the COP28 conference and ahead of the final SailGP race of 2023 taking place in Dubai on 9 and 10 December.

Emirates GBR Driver and CEO, Sir Ben Ainslie, said: “As a sports team we are privileged to be able to travel around the world doing what we love, but we are aware that this has an impact. As a Team, we wanted to take action and incorporate renewable energy into our operations so that we were not drawing from resources of the communities at event locations. Our partnership with Low Carbon enabled us to create a unique mobile solar and wind installation that takes us off-grid at events. It has been a huge success and we decided to share all the learnings from creating and implementing this to other sports teams and industries to make it easy and simple for them to adopt renewable energy. There is no reason to not take action, climate change is happening now and by working together we can make a difference.”

Founder and Chief Executive of Low Carbon, Roy Bedlow said: “Sport has the ability to inspire like nothing else and we are delighted to strengthen our partnership with Emirates GBR through the launch of our renewable energy Blueprint. Low Carbon is focused on creating as much renewable energy as possible to tackle climate change and we want to use our platform as a sustainable company to encourage the shift away from fossil fuels without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The Portable Off-Grid Power Blueprint can be viewed here.



Low Carbon creates large-scale renewable energy to fight climate change. We’re building a net-zero energy company that will protect the planet for future generations. This defining purpose drives us to deliver for our communities, investors, and the environment. We are a long-standing certified B-Corporation and recognised as a gold standard for our environmental impact.

We invest in, develop, and operate solar, wind, energy storage, and energy from waste projects across the UK, Europe, and North America. We’re contributing to the world’s move to 100% renewable energy by creating and operating 20GW of new capacity by 2030. We have more than 8GW in new renewables in development right now across the globe.

Low Carbon is on a mission. Together, we will power tomorrow.



SailGP races for a better future, championing a world powered by nature. The sport’s pinnacle league, SailGP features national teams battling in short, intense races at iconic stadium-style venues across the globe, building to the grand final – and sailing’s top prize of US$1 million.

The high-tech, high-speed action features sailing’s best athletes racing in identical supercharged F50 catamarans, flying at electrifying speeds exceeding 60 mph/100 KM/H. Visit SailGP.com for more information.

Sir Ben Ainslie holds the majority ownership of The Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team which is using its platform to change the sports sponsorship model in order to bring together groups of like-minded companies, who want to collaborate and accelerate change for a wider purpose. The Great Britain team are also committed to accelerating gender equality across the sport with the teams Athena Pathway Programme run by Hannah Mills – the most successful female Olympic athlete in the world of sailing, and IOC Sustainability Ambassador.

SailGP teams are supported by Race for the Future partners who share their personal values and commitment to deliver impact for a better future. The Emirates Great Britain Team’s Race For The Future Partner is the 1851 Trust’s Protect Our Future platform which aims to empower young people with the scientific knowledge to combat climate change.


Harry Padfield

PR and Public Affairs Manager



Sarah Jenkins

Sport and Purpose Communications Officer