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Sport and sustainability: new circular economy solutions in cities stem from the interaction between sporting events and the urban context. ACCESS, the new european project coordinated by Sant’Anna School and ACR+, has now been launched

Fc Porto, the Danish Football Association, the Welsh Football Association and the Gaelic Athletic Association are the partners in a project that aims at the environmental sustainability of sports events
Publication date: 21.07.2022
progetto ACCESS
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Promoting innovative and replicable circular economy solutions in cities, starting from the interaction between sport events and the urban context. This is the main goal of the ACCESS project, coordinated by Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa and ACR+, the international network of cities and regions promoting sustainable resource management. The three-year project is funded by the Erasmus+ program and include the Portuguese soccer club FC Porto, the Danish Football Association, the Welsh Football Association and GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association). The official launch of the work took place in Brussels on July 14 and 15 with the Kick Off Meeting.

Interaction of sporting events and cities, circular economy in cities, governance and partnerships with territorial government bodies

The project titled "Achieving Circularity in Cities through Environmental Sustainability of Sports" aims to reduce the gap between the current environmental performance of sports clubs and associations, and the strategies and goals of the respective cities or regions in which their activities take place.
Although many cities in Europe are following the model to strengthen strategies for waste, water, energy, mobility, and other environmental sectors-including The Circular Economy Action Plan and the Green Deal, -the implementation of these models by sports organizations is limited and requires additional efforts to achieve the required contribution.
This project addresses key challenges for the application of circular economy solutions to sports. The main objective is to enable collaboration between urban stakeholders and sports organizations to contribute to the realization of circular cities.