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PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 08: Aleksander Ceferin, President of UEFA, looks on prior to the 48th UEFA Ordinary Congress Meeting at Maison De La Mutualite on February 08, 2024 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)


UEFA launch groundbreaking Carbon Footprint Calculator to drive sustainability in European football

The UEFA Carbon Footprint Calculator, an innovative online tool, marks a pivotal step towards reducing carbon emissions within the football community and underscores UEFA’s dedication to being a proactive force in the fight against climate change.

Recognising the pressing need for a reduction of the carbon footprint of European football, UEFA has integrated climate advocacy in its Football Sustainability Strategy 2030, Strength through Unity. With the launch of the Carbon Footprint Calculator today at Emirates Stadium in London, UEFA aims to empower member associations, clubs and leagues to become active drivers of change.

Based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and with the methodology validated by a third party, the UEFA Carbon Footprint Calculator is the result of a collaborative effort spanning two years, engaging two dozen football organisations and external advisors. It enables football organisations to comprehensively assess and understand their carbon emissions, with a focus on football-specific areas such as mobility, purchased goods and services, facilities and logistics.

Laura McAllister, UEFA vice-president, said at the conference: “The UEFA Carbon Footprint Calculator embodies our ambition to showcase that football can be part of the solution in the global effort to reduce carbon emissions. By providing stakeholders with the tools and guidance, we are facilitating collective action towards a more sustainable future for our sport and the planet. Together, we can demonstrate to governments, investors, fans, and commercial partners that football is committed to addressing climate change in a unified and strategic manner.”

In addition to the Calculator, UEFA has also produced a user guide, tutorial videos and a full methodology document to support users at every step of their sustainability journey. By offering these resources, UEFA aims to promote transparency, consistency and comparability in carbon reporting across the football ecosystem.

The UEFA Carbon Footprint Calculator is available to all football stakeholders and can be accessed here

Credit: UEFA

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