‘Charter on the Environmental Sustainability of Football’, the first webinar concluded in collaboration with the Sant’Anna School of Pisa
The first webinar organized under the Charter on the Environmental Sustainability of Football took place today, Tuesday 26 September. The Charter, drawn up by the FIGC in collaboration with the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa and shared with the federal components, was born from an initiative of the Federation and is part of the legacy activity of the 'Life Tackle' project on the environmental sustainability of football , co-funded by the European Union's LIFE program and supported by UEFA.
The objective of the webinar was to introduce the key concepts of environmental management in the sports sector, illustrating the functioning of an application tool for measuring the ‘environmental footprint’ of a football match (Football Footprint ) . method to which professional clubs are increasingly looking as an approach to identify intervention priorities.
Speakers of the webinar entitled “Environmental management in football: principles and tools” were Dr. Niccolò Todaro and prof. Tiberio Daddi of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, who carried out research to analyze and evaluate the sustainability balance sheets of football teams in Europe to evaluate the level of commitment they have shown so far towards environmental sustainability and its reporting.
The analysis was done on clubs from six European leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Liga Portuguesa, Serie A and Ligue 1), considering those that took part in the 2022-23 season: Bundesliga (39%) and La Liga ( 55%) are the leagues that have had clubs in their workforce that have authored a sustainability report (Serie A is in fourth place, with 15%, behind the Premier League, 25%), demonstrating how recently more and more sports organizations – such as national or international federations, clubs, etc. – are equipping themselves with a sustainability strategy. In this sense, the FIGC also recently presented its “United for Sustainability” strategy .