The 2024 European Football Championship will be organized taking into account environmental standards

The 2024 European Football Championship will be organized taking into account environmental standards

Elizaveta Volkotrub

€32 million was allocated to achieve the goals

UEFA and the German Football Association (DFB) have announced that this year's European Football Championship Euro 2024 will be organized in accordance with environmental standards.

It is reported by Euractiv.

This year's championship will be held in Germany. It is noted that the stadiums where the matches will take place meet environmental standards, so there was no need to build them from scratch or reconstruct them.

The stadiums and headquarters will use energy from renewable sources and, if necessary, "environmentally friendly" generators. It is also planned to reduce the use of floodlights and electricity consumption in press centers. Fan zones will be located in shaded areas to minimize exposure to direct sunlight and overheating, and cooling breaks will be introduced during the heatwave.

In addition, water consumption will be reduced and food will be served with minimal use of recyclable packaging. Reusable cups will be available at all stadiums and public viewing areas.

It is noted that UEFA's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Strategy was presented last year, co-authored by the DFB.

"We want to be part of the solution to measure and reduce football's environmental impact, and use the power of our sport to raise awareness and drive action," UEFA's director of sustainability, Michele Uwa, said at the time.

As it became known, €25 will be transferred to the climate fund for every ton of CO2 emissions caused by the holding of Euro-2024. According to forecasts made before the tournament, about €7 million will be allocated to climate protection projects.

Also, according to the research of the ecological analytical center Oeko Institut, about 80% of the expected carbon footprint of this event will come from transport.

As EcoPolitic previously reported, triathlon and swimming competitions on The 2024 Olympics may be postponed or canceled due to pollution of the Seine River in Paris.

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