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EuroHockey cements commitment to sustainability with think tank launch

April 11 2024

EuroHockey, which hosts around 40 tournaments annually, has aimed to mitigate the impact of these events through its sustainability strategy and a recently launched think tank.

EuroHockey cements commitment to sustainability with think tank launch

A sustainability meeting for the think tank was held during the final Euro Hockey League (EHL) cup weekend earlier this month, with a view to finding more ways to improve sustainability in the sport. The Euro Hockey League is an annual field hockey cup competition, featuring men’s teams from across Europe.

The meeting was attended by tournament organisers, sponsors, players, stakeholders, EuroHockey staff and EuroHockey President Marcos Hofmann.

Additionally, Olivier van Nieuwenhuizen of sustainability consultancy The Wave, discussed getting the ball rolling at EuroHockey League last year.

“This is about the cooperation between The Wave, Circlarity, EuroHockey, Pinoké and AH&BC Amsterdam, together making this project in a more sustainable way than last year,” said van Nieuwenhuizen.

Last year’s EHL avoided 780kg of CO2, and recording this figure provided organisers with a starting point to judge future events.

Working with Circularity, EuroHockey is hoping to promote smarter purchasing, encouraging reusing and recycling, and creating less waste. The organisation’s mission is to make all sports clubs waste-free over the next decade.

"We see sport and hockey as a fantastic opportunity to bring people together and create awareness and to try to make efforts to make each area a bit better.” The Wave's Olivier van Nieuwenhuizen

“We help clubs reduce single-use plastics in a measurable way,” continued van Nieuwenhuizen.

“We build awareness about the problem and give clubs the tools to improve, offering alternative solutions and optimising their recycling processes. The key message is sustainability through hockey, through clubs, through events, every time trying to do things better than before. We see sport and hockey as a fantastic opportunity to bring people together and create awareness and to try to make efforts to make each area a bit better.”

Every coffee cup used during the EHL weekend was reusable and was utilised alongside a deposit scheme. All French fry packaging was wholly compostable, while each beer sold came in an easily recyclable RPET cup that had its own collection points.

Additionally, the Hockey Dreams Foundation collected donated hockey sticks to give them a “second life”.

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