Lipor joins LIFE TACKLE project
The world of Football is very actively promoting several aspects related to sustainability, such as anti-discrimination and accessibility/disability. However, environmental issues such as waste management, mobility, lightening, fans environmental awareness and environmental governance system of football associations and clubs are today offering strong improvement margins and opportunities.
To respond to this challenge, the Institute of Management of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna has been awarded, together with UEFA and additional 7 international partners, a new EU project: TACKLE (Teaming up for a conscious kick for the Legacy of Environment), co-funded by the LIFE Environmental Governance and Information programme of the European Commission. EURACTIV is the main communication partner.
The project, implemented between 2018 and 2021, will increase awareness of environmental management in football stadiums in order to reduce waste during football events and tackle other environmental issues linked to such events, including energy consumption and transportation. To achieve this, national football associations will be involved together with their supporters.
On 4 and 5 October 2018, the Management Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, as the main candidate, led the Kick-off meeting of the project, gathering all partners of the project: 3 National Football Federations, FIGC - Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (Italy), FRF - Federatia Romana de Fotbal (Romania) and SvFF - Svenska Fotbollförbundet (Sweden) European Policy Specialist, Euractiv, Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource management, ACR+ (Belgium) and two of its affiliates, LIPOR and AMIU, Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto (Portugal) and Genoa (Italy), respectively.
During the fruitful meeting held in Pisa, Italy, all partners discussed the main methodologies and approaches to be adopted in the first project activities. Since then the partners have held several meetings and implemented an Action Plan.
With eyes on the next European Football Championship, which will be played in 12 European countries, the LIFE TACKLE project will develop a set of Environmental Management Guidelines to be tested in some stadiums that will host the games. To achieve this, TACKLE has the explicit support of UEFA and other European National Associations which will cooperate to ensure wider dissemination and application of the Guidelines.
UEFA will provide support throughout the duration of the project, in particular as regards replicability and transfer of the actions: the UEFA representative participated in the kick-off meeting and all TACKLE Steering Committee meetings and events. In addition, UEFA will consider the development of its sustainability strategies and the main results of TACKLE and ensure wide dissemination among associated entities.
Promotional Video of the Project:
Press Release (in portuguese)