The Global Esports Federation has become the latest sports body to sign the Sports for Climate Action framework ©GEF

The Global Esports Federation (GEF) has joined the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Sports for Climate Action initiative.

By signing the framework, the GEF said it demonstrated its commitment to help create a "low-carbon future".

The GEF has pledged to "promote greater environmental responsibility" and "reduce the overall climate impact from esports".

It has also promised to "use our platform to educate for climate action", "promote sustainable and responsible consumption" and "advocate for climate action through our communications".

The pledges are among the five core principles enshrined in the Sports for Climate Action framework.

"Esports and gaming are powerful platforms for connection, for creating awareness, and to generate impact in combating climate change, across all parts of the diverse ecosystem," said Paul Foster, chief operating officer for the GEF.

"Joining the Sports for Climate Action marks a great leap forward for the world’s esports community in the fight against climate change.

"We reaffirm our commitment to contribute to sustainable communities worldwide and call upon our members to help and drive the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals with real action."

The Sports for Climate Action initiative calls on sporting organisations to acknowledge their contribution to climate change and responsibility to strive towards a safer planet.

"Sports organisations and athletes are in a unique position in the race against climate change ‘because sports touches on every cross-section of society,'" said Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary for the UNFCCC.

"This is a race we can - and must - win to avoid significantly worsening the risk of droughts, floods, extreme heat, and poverty for hundreds of millions of people."