French football still has goals to set in terms of ecology

Par thierno - 8 August, 2020 - 11:04

While fans are counting down the days before the French championship resumes, France's most popular sport has yet to realise its environmental impact.

Munich, Budapest and then potentially Dublin, St Petersburg or even London. Mbappé's gang would have seen some action this summer if Euro 2020 had not been postponed to next year due to a global epidemic.

Organised in twelve host cities scattered in jigsaw puzzle-like bits all over Europe, the structure of this European Cup is unique. The issues it will raise are also unique.

The incessant travel will upset the habits of the teams responsible for the organisation and confront them with a real headache: how best to ensure the physical preparation of the players in these conditions? But sportsmen and women will be far from being the first victims of this convoluted organisation. When it comes to ecology, UEFA could hardly have made a worse choice. "This is an absolute example of what not to do," laments Didier Lehénaff, president of SVPlanète, an association that raises awareness of the environmental impact of sport.

Football arouses as much passion as it emits CO2. That's to say. Football Ecology France, an association that works on ecological projects for the sport, has come up with a calculator to help build stadiums, relocate players, provide lighting and maintain the lawn.

Count 10 tons of waste on average for a Ligue 1 match and 100 million cubic meters of water for the maintenance of French lawns every year. Compared to other economic sectors, Antoine Miche, president of the association, assures that "football is between fifteen and twenty years behind in terms of corporate social responsibility".

A few foreign clubs have made efforts, such as Ajax Amsterdam, whose players occasionally take the train. But French league teams are still far from having generalised this practice...

Simon Mutschler, President of Rebond