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Health 10-06-2021

‘Most eco-friendly’ Euro championship to date will see players, fans travel continent

The European football championship starts on Friday (11 June) and teams will face each other in 51 matches in 11 cities across the continent. Despite the travelling, UEFA has pledged that it will be “the most eco-friendly championship to date”. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 07-06-2021

Euro 2020 set to capture continent’s attention but pandemic challenges remain

The Covid-19 pandemic was responsible for its postponement but, with the health situation on the continent gradually improving, the delayed Euro 2020 finally kicks off on Friday (11 June) in Rome.
Health 28-05-2021

Athletes join forces to make sports greener in Europe

Sporting events should be given an environmental red card given the amount of energy they consume and waste they generate. To back the sports world in its ecological transition, athletes got together at a conference organised by the European Surfrider Foundation on Tuesday (25 May). EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 25-05-2021

UEFA director: ‘It is important for us to show leadership in greening football’

Even with its unique pan-European nature and reductions in fan travel due to the pandemic, Euro 2020 would have been the most environmentally conscious Euro tournament yet, says Michele Uva. And Euro 2024 in Germany will be “the most sustainable tournament ever,” he assures.
Health 27-04-2021

French football club FC Metz looks to making its pitch more eco-friendly

At a time when the EU has just raised its climate ambitions, Metz football club, which currently ranks 10th in France's Ligue 1, is trying to curb the heavy carbon footprint that comes with the watering, lighting, and fertilising of football pitches. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 20-04-2021

The Brief, powered by VDMA – When greed is not good

The absence of sport, and particularly football, Europe’s favourite game, made last year’s lockdowns to stop the spread of Covid-19 even harder to bear. Since last summer, we have had the eerie spectacle of football without supporters. Lockdown football is...
Health 20-04-2021

Europe reunited against football Super League proposal

From top EU officials to European leaders, UK politicians and bosses of nationalist parties: the universal condemnation against the project of a new football tournament has reunited Europe for once.
Health 08-04-2021

French rally champion commits to planting one tree for every lap win

Three-time French rally champion Yoann Bonato announced in late March that he would commit to planting a tree each time he sets the fastest time 'scratch' during a 'special', of which there are many during a race. As he will be competing in 17 races in the 2021 season, there is a chance for many trees to be planted. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 08-04-2021

VfL Wolfsburg tops new Bundesliga environmental rankings

Football club VfL Wolfsburg is the most environmentally friendly team in the Bundesliga, according to the latest rankings from Sport Positive, an organisation working to rank Europe’s football leagues by environmental commitment.
Health 30-03-2021

Paris 2024 Olympics on course to being world’s first ‘climate-positive’ sporting event

The Olympic Games to be held in Paris in 2024 will be the "first sporting event in the world" to have a positive impact on the climate, according to the Paris 2024 board of directors, which approved its climate strategy in mid-March. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 12-03-2021

Slovak vaccine-induced political crisis and “green” football

This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are bringing our international network to Brussels, focusing on Slovakia’s current political situation and how it is affected by the purchase of the Russian Sputnik vaccine
Health 08-03-2021

Football can drive green revolution, French group says

Football might not be seen as the most eco-friendly of sports, but a new report suggests it has the potential to become one of the main drivers of the coming green transition, EURACTIV France reports.
Health 02-03-2021

Toulouse stadium to invest in fight against climate change

The largest stadium in the French city of Toulouse that hosts mostly football and rugby matches announced its partnership last month with Time for the planet, an initiative that allows citizens, investment funds, banks, and companies to invest as little as €1 in the fight against climate change. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 24-02-2021

Two-thirds of French sports fans ready to boycott non-eco-friendly events

Sports fans are interested in environmental issues and brands should take such trends into account, according to the new "Meaningful Passions" study. The study also confirmed that about two-thirds of French fans would even boycott an event with no environmental commitment. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 24-02-2021

French association teaches sports clubs to be more environmentally friendly

The French association Match for Green, which aims to make sports more environmentally friendly, started offering training to support sports clubs in their green transition from Monday (22 February). EURACTIV France reports.
Health 22-02-2021

UK Premier League clubs ranked according to environmental commitment

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club came first in this year's EPL Sustainability Table, published by the UN-backed Sport Positive Summit, which ranks the UK Premier League's most environmentally committed football clubs. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 16-02-2021

Local, eco-responsible production of sports gear gains ground in France

Whether they are footballs or jerseys, a great deal of today's sports equipment is produced on the other side of the world and is made from plastics and chemicals that are often harmful to peoples' health and the environment. However, the good news is that in France, a trend of local and eco-responsible production is gaining ground. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 09-02-2021

Ex-French rugby player starts green label for environmental feats in sports

The Fair Play for Planet label, which was recently created by former French rugby player Julien Pierre, aims to support and recognise environmental commitment in sports. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 04-02-2021

Football managers show goodwill but little commitment in green transition – report

Football managers have shown goodwill but little commitment when it comes to promoting a transition to a green and sustainable sport, a report published on Tuesday (2 February) by LifeTackle shows. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 04-02-2021

Sport Positive Summit founder works to ‘unleash potential of sport for climate action’

To achieve UN climate targets, it is not enough for companies or associations to operate more sustainably. What is needed is a rethink among the general population. Claire Poole is convinced that sports can play an important role, which is why she organises the annual Sports Positive Summit. In this interview with EURACTIV Germany, she explains her vision.
Health 03-02-2021

French association holds first environmental awareness week for sports students

In order to raise young people's environmental awareness, the French association of sports students, known as ANESTAPS, organised its first edition of the National Week of Sports and the Environment at the end of January. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 28-01-2021

Promoting sustainable tourism in the Alps requires a rethink, NGO director says

The Alps' magnificent mountain landscapes appear idyllic, calm and untouched - as long as you look at them from a certain angle. From another you are confronted by cleared forests for ski slopes, well-trodden paths and destroyed nature for hikers and mountain bikers.
Health 26-01-2021

French sports retailer Decathlon to participate in EU ‘green consumption’ project

The European Commission launched its green consumption commitment initiative on Monday (25 January) and French sporting goods retailer Decathlon was among the first companies to announce its participation in the project. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 22-01-2021

Monte Carlo Rally has no place in ‘post-crisis world’, say environmentalists

The first round of the World Rally Championship began with the Monte Carlo Rally on Thursday (21 January). However, the sport's polluting nature, criticised by environmental associations, is raising questions about its raison d'être. EURACTIV France reports.

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