Report highlights sport’s contribution to EU’s Green Deal
Sport’s crucial role in establishing the European Green Deal has been underlined in a new report published by the European Commission.
The EU is pushing for Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent with its European Green Deal, and the report highlighted how sport is uniquely positioned to raise awareness surrounding environmental sustainability due to its mass appeal.
Published at the end of last year, ‘Sport’s contribution to the European Green Deal: A sport sector playbook’ from the European Commission’s Green Sport Expert Group details key findings of sport’s relationship with sustainability. It also includes inspiration and best practice guidelines for organisations in Europe on how to run more sustainably.
The Green Deal was introduced in December 2019 and EU programmes such as Erasmus+ and LIFE have helped to fund a variety of green sports projects. ‘The Green Sports Hub Europe’ project has worked to empower European Sports Federations, associations and clubs to address environmental sustainability.
‘ASAP: As Sustainable As Possible’ was a project between 2020 and 2022 with the aim of supporting a strategic approach to sustainability among National Olympic Committees (NOCs). Meanwhile, the ‘LIFE Tackle Project’ worked to improve the environmental management of football matches, while raising awareness of sustainability in the football sector.
Additionally, the Green Sport Expert Group put forward policy recommendations for green sport in Europe. The recommendations aim to facilitate and promote environmental sustainability; provide simple, high-level recommendations to European and Member State decision-makers to align with the Green Deal; and to provide guidance on key green sport topics, highlight relevant initiatives, and demonstrate good practice examples.
Iliana Ivanova, the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, wrote in the foreword: “This report is not just a compendium of guidelines; it is an invitation to action. It is a call to every stakeholder in the European sports ecosystem to play their part in realising the vision of the Green Deal.”