As a key part of our society, sport not only offers opportunities for physical activity but it also promotes good health and well-being. It provides a means of social contact and opportunities ranging from intense competitiveness to casual enjoyment. At the same time, however, sport can cause damage to nature and the environment.
Environmental issues such as waste management, mobility, water consumption, lighting, fan environmental awareness and an environmental governance system of football associations and clubs are today the focus for making sport more sustainable. This focus is creating new opportunities.
The ‘greening of sports’ movement is still under construction, but the scaffolding is going up quickly. The challenge remains: how to further mainstream sport in European policymaking.
This panel discussed:
What greening targets should be achieved for sports events and how best to run sporting events and manage stadiums, from the pitches the players play on to the food and drink the fans consume.
How to improve the cooperation between local authorities and stadium users?
How projects such as Life TACKLE, a project co-funded by EU life programme aiming at improving the environmental management of football matches, can help enhance policy improvements?