Innovation, ambition, and the will to do better for a more sustainable world was the motto of the conference “Environmental Responsibility in Events”, which took place on the 18th of February. This conference, as part of a LIFE TACKLE local event to promote and share good practices in Portugal, was organized by the partner LIPOR together with the FC Porto Football Sciences Institute. Over more than 3 hours, it was possible to hear the perspective of several professionals on strategies and tools that seek to increase the competence and awareness of clubs/companies and their stakeholders, within the scope of environmental management.

Football is one of the sectors with great environmental impact and therefore a huge stage to echo good causes and good practices in the field of sustainability. The involvement of professionals, players and fans seems to be the triad for success in this matter, with a notorious work of awareness by institutions such as UEFA and Liga Portugal. From Environmental Sustainability Manuals built with and for clubs to share guidelines that allow achieving the Sustainability objectives defined for the next decade, these institutions are increasingly committed to what will be a new opportunity for the development and progress of clubs in Football.

We will, therefore, be closer to a turning point where measures and strategies in the field of sustainability go beyond an “ad libitum” character and become part of the priorities of clubs, in various sectors, such as facility management, purchasing, mobility, catering and equipment. The pioneering work of FC Porto and Juventus FC in this area inspired the approximately 200 participants at the conference, confirming that football is increasingly going beyond culture and entertainment, with these clubs being good examples of an equitable balance of sustainability in their 3 axes: environmental, economic and social.

But not only football was discussed at the conference. It was also possible to reflect the work developed in the construction of sustainable events with a strong social contribution, such as Rock in Rio (organizer of a major music festival in Portugal and Brazil), and to publicize the converging effort carried out in the context of mobility by the Porto City Council, namely on match days or other major events in the city.

With more than 15% of the conference period dedicated to discussion and interaction between the 8 speakers and participants, this conference fulfilled its purpose: to present and debate the disruptive and innovative actions that are being planned and implemented within the scope of the sustainability of sport and cultural events, nationally and internationally.

Congratulations to TACKLE Team for the success of these initiatives!