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French football league operator highlights sustainable mobility

February 02 2023

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) and its member Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 football clubs in France have collaborated to launch a campaign to promote sustainable mobility on match days.

French football league operator highlights sustainable mobility

The campaign encourages spectators to use public transport, share lifts, or even take an ‘active’ approach to reaching stadiums. 

Slogans such as ‘We share more than football’ and its accompanying message ‘To get to the stadium, use public transport, carpooling and sustainable mobility’ will be promoted, with clubs able to tweak the message depending on the amenities available in their region.

Clubs have committed to promoting the campaign for several years to help reduce the environmental impact of staging football matches. 

As well as the sustainable travel campaign, the LFP has also committed to implementing energy-saving measures such as limiting the temperature of heating and air condition in enclosed areas; reducing light therapy and underfloor heating of pitches; and reducing light usage before and after games.

According to a study commissioned by LFP in the 2018-19 season, 87% of CO2 emissions from travel to a football match were linked to spectator travel.

Other measures will also be implemented to encourage clubs to reduce their carbon footprint, as well as new criteria that will be integrated into the club licensing system for the 2023-24 season. 

Clubs will be urged to reduce their electricity consumption by 10% in comparison with the previous season; use sustainable transport methods for player journeys under five hours; sign the Ministry of Sports’ Charter of 15 environmentally responsible commitments; utilise LED lighting in stadiums; and implement secure bicycle parking.

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