UEFA EURO 2016: the road to more sustainable events

One of the biggest European sporting events is taking place right now. After the final whistle blows on July 10th, the UEFA EURO 2016 football championship will have been played out over 51 matches in 10 French cities. And where there’s such an increase in activity, there will also be in environmental impacts, especially when considering millions of fan travelling, the supply and purchasing of swag, as well as food and drinks at the venues.

UEFA took the potential environmental impacts seriously and committed to action. To change this trajectory, UEFA set out to encourage the positive and to reduce the tournament’s negative environmental, economical and social impacts. Quantis is proud to have been chosen by UEFA as a partner in this triple-bottom-line assessment and the “UEFA EURO 2016 Social Responsibility & Sustainability One-Year-to-Go Report 2015” publication management and edition.

Carbon emission results to be released in September

The initial results of the environmental impact assessment of UEFA EURO 2016 revealed key impacts areas – or hot spots – where the biggest reductions can be made. These are most notably with the transportation of teams, staff, media and the spectators. Final and detailed results will be published within the post-event report to be released in September 2016.

Concrete actions on-site: Access & Biodiversity

By visiting the new Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon Olympic Stadium) as UEFA EURO 2016 Sustainability Evaluator, Quantis’ Denis Bochatay already witnessed many good aspects in the 5 priorities of UEFA outlined in their report.

For example, the “Access for all” priority led to concrete actions even in the official UEFA EURO Fan Zones! In addition, another commitment was to create greater distances between the stadiums and the parking lots to encourage people to use public transportation. Denis reported back that the green parking zones around the Parc Olympique Lyonnais were almost empty because it was only available to limited mobility people.

Quantis also found some biodiversity inside the Lyon stadium’s security zone.

Lyon Olympic Stadium UEFA EURO 2016Don’t forget the contest!

In parallel to the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament, Quantis decided to engage the public on carbon issues with a special contest. Do you have an idea of how many CO2 emissions will be emitted during the tournament? You can win the official adidas UEFA EURO 2016 TM football by tweeting with #QuantisEUROcontest the closest estimation of the number of tons of CO2 eq measured during the tournament*. Quantis and UEFA are working on it and will publish the results in September.

For more information on how Quantis is providing guidance and measurement for events like RIO 2016, UEFA EURO 2016 or FIA FormulaE, please contact our sporting event experts Denis Bochatay.

*For the contest, we will consider only the CO2 emissions linked to the teams, officials, volunteers and spectators. Construction and renovation of the stadiums are not included.