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UEFA EURO 2024: Sustainability in action

The much-awaited UEFA EURO 2024 is not just about goals and glory on the pitch but also delivering a tournament that sets the highest sustainability standards.

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With UEFA EURO 2024 in Germany, UEFA's vision is to be the reference in terms of event sustainability for the world of sports and a driving force for sustainable development within the German and European football ecosystem and society.

How we work

Integration: We put sustainability at the core of our operations. From planning to execution, we catalyse targeted investments and measures based on our EURO 2024 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy, in full alignment with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Experience: We draw from good practices of the German Football Association (DFB) and UEFA to create a lasting legacy.

Collaboration: We engage with all stakeholders— national associations, players, fans, host cities, local authorities and partners—to create a collective impact. Most notably, each of the ten EURO 2024 venues features a sustainability venue manager working alongside around 50 volunteers to implement our ambitions.

Awareness: Through our active campaigns and initiatives, we aim to raise public awareness about social and environmental sustainability topics.

How we are implementing sustainability at EURO

Environment 🌳

Climate Action: We're committed to reducing the tournament's carbon footprint through adapted match schedules, smart mobility solutions (including incentives to take the train) and carbon footprint measurement. In addition, we're taking responsibility for unavoidable carbon emissions through the creation of a climate fund, which provides funding for environmental projects run by amateur football clubs in Germany.

Sustainable Infrastructure: EURO 2024 stadiums and facilities have been upgraded with sustainability in mind, maximising efficiency in energy and water consumption.

Circular Economy: We embrace the circular economy model, addressing waste generation in all ten stadiums through the 4R principle: reusing, reducing, recycling and recovering waste.

Social 🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏻

Human rights: In line with our human rights declaration, EURO 2024 is delivering a comprehensive set of measures designed to ensure the welfare and safety of all participants and spectators. This includes grievance and rapid response mechanisms to combat discrimination, protect the fans and provide immediate support.

Accessibility: EURO 2024 is for everyone. We are working with host cities, venues and partners on numerous accessibility measures to guarantee that the tournament provides a welcoming environment for everyone.

Diversity and inclusion: Our FootbALL programme harnesses the sport as a catalyst to foster positive change in society, with a simple yet significant message: in football, everyone is welcome.

Governance 🏛️

Transparency: We adopt transparent, responsible and accountable forms of conduct in the event's operations, in line with international principles.

Reporting: A dedicated report assessing the performance of the ESG Strategy will be available online at the end of 2024.

Learning by sharing: We share knowledge and good practices in continuous discussions with host cities, partners and other football stakeholders to shape a sustainable legacy.

With this holistic concept, we aim to contribute to the success of EURO 2024 and lay a further milestone on our sustainability mission to inspire, activate and accelerate collective action in support of social and environmental sustainability within European football.

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