FC Porto joins European environmental management project
Portuguese Primeira Liga club FC Porto has become a pilot partner in the Access Project, which will see it participate in an analysis of current environmental practices and principles at European sports venues.
These principles include mobility, food and beverage consumption, event management and infrastructure maintenance.
By working with organisations such as ACR+ in Brussels, a network of regions and cities that share the aim of promoting sustainability, and the School of Advanced studies of Sant’Anna in Pisa, the project will address key challenges.
The Access Project aims to promote replicable solutions for a circular economy between sports organisations, as well as their relationships with local and regional authorities. Porto staff will also have the opportunity to participate in sustainability training and visit other venues.
In a statement, the club said: “Always keeping in mind the main pillars that support FC Porto (rigour, competence, passion and ambition) we intend to demonstrate leadership and commitment to sustainability using sports and cultural events as a stage to amplify this type of initiative.
“We believe that the effectiveness of the messages regarding sustainability that are conveyed by the sports and cultural universe, which is an emotional place, may lead to the necessary changes in environmental behaviours."
“We believe that the effectiveness of the messages regarding sustainability that are conveyed by the sports and cultural universe, which is an emotional place, may lead to the necessary changes in environmental behaviours.
“Increasing the competence and awareness of clubs and federations and their cities, with disruptive, innovative and ambitious actions in the context of the sustainability of sports and cultural events, is one of our main objectives.”
The project is set to conclude in May 2025 and Porto senior figures are hoping that the club will become a leader in environmental sustainability in Portugal, helping all stakeholders to improve in the field of environmental management.
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