The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) took place in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, from 6 to 18 November 2022. World leaders gathered to discuss pressing climate issues. Sport is a key driver for sustainable change, with initiatives in Europe already underway.
Europe’s role in alleviating climate change through sports
Successful projects and initiatives already exist in Europe. The Green Sports Hub, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme, promotes environmental sustainability and the sharing of knowledge and best practices to develop the sector.
Hungary’s annual summer Men’s & Women’s 7s Trophy Tournament put the above into practice. The National Rugby Federation of Hungary took the additional step of making it a greener event by
renting electric buses for teams
providing electric bikes for staff
replacing all plastic bottles with reusable ones
promoting plastic-free cutlery and biodegradable cleaning products
The European Commission looks to the future and has recently published a call for a pilot project, Sport for People and Planet, aimed at developing a new approach on sustainability through sport in Europe.