Session 1.1

How to TACKLE the environmental impacts of football and other sporting events

In collaboration with ACR+ and UEFA

The average European football match generates 0.8 kg of waste per spectator. Taking into account all matches organised by Europe’s National Football Associations, the overall waste generation is an estimated 750 000 tonnes per year. Sporting clubs and governing bodies, together with local authorities, have made big strides in tackling environmental issues, but coherent strategies and impact measurement systems are still lacking. How can the sport sector move from fragmented initiatives and stand-alone projects to integrated sustainability?

This session aims at encouraging the already growing debate on improving the environmental management of sport events and raising supporters level of awareness towards sustainability. National Football Associations, stadium managers, local authorities, supporters and NGOs – will share experiences and answer audience questions.

The workshop will also showcase the LIFE TACKLE project, co-financed by the LIFE programme of the European Commission and supported by UEFA, coordinated by Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and carried out by: Italian, Romanian and Swedish National Football Associations, ACR+, Euractiv, LIPOR and AMIU.