Sports events generate relevant environmental impacts in terms of GHG emissions. In order to curb the effects of climate change, sports stadiums are increasingly called to assess their ecological footprints and develop creative solutions to reduce it, alongside other important environmental impacts such as waste generation, energy and water consumption.

In this framework, researchers from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies carried out a study on the measurement and evaluation of the carbon footprint of Estadio do Dragao in Porto in the context of LIFE TACKLE, an international project co-funded by the European Commission aimed at improving the environmental management of football events and the environmental awareness of supporters.

Inaugurated in 2003, Estadio do Dragao is the current home stadium of FC Porto, and the third-largest football stadium in Portugal with a capacity of 50,033. It is also one of the pilot stadiums that joined the TACKLE project in order to reduce its environmental impact.

The findings of the study were summarised in a technical report and will serve as a baseline to establish the carbon reduction management plan of FC Porto. They have confirmed the guidelines emerged during the on-site visits: the two main activities affecting GHG emissions concern the mobility of supporters, particularly aviation for international visitors, and energy consumption.