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As the excitement builds for Euro 2024, football fans from around the world are preparing for an unforgettable summer of sport, culture and adventure.

This year, the tournament will be hosted in Germany, a country renowned for its efficient public transport system, stunning cities and rich football heritage. Beyond the on-field excitement, Euro 2024 promises not only thrilling matches but also an opportunity to explore Germany with ease, thanks to a special initiative that offers free public transport to all ticket holders. The tournament is also making significant strides in sustainability, particularly by addressing Scope 3 emissions. These indirect greenhouse gas emissions, resulting from activities along an organisation’s value chain, are a major focus of Euro 2024’s environmental efforts.

Understanding Scope 3 Emissions

Scope 3 emissions are often the largest part of an organisation’s carbon footprint. They encompass all indirect emissions that occur in an organisation’s value chain, such as those from transportation, waste management and the production of goods and services.

For Euro 2024, these emissions include:

  • Spectator Travel: Millions of fans travelling to and from matches.
  • Team Logistics: The transportation of teams, their equipment and support staff.
  • Outsourced Event Operations: Emissions from temporary infrastructure and energy use during the event.

According to the recent Global Sustainable Sport article up to 98% of emissions from major sporting events come from Scope 3 sources, primarily spectator travel and logistics. Michele Uva, UEFA Director for Social and Environmental Sustainability, emphasised: “The UEFA EURO 2024 vision is to be the reference for event sustainability in the world of sports and a driving force for sustainable development through our ESG strategy. We are determined to be part of the solution to measure and reduce the impact of football on the environment and leverage the power of our sport to raise awareness and catalyse action”.

Addressing Scope 3 Emissions at Euro 2024

Recognising the significance of Scope 3 emissions, Euro 2024 organisers are implementing several initiatives to mitigate these impacts. One key strategy is promoting the use of public transport and encouraging eco-friendly travel options.

Free Public Transport for Ticket Holders: To reduce emissions, Euro 2024 is offering free public transport for all ticket holders on match days. This initiative encourages fans to use trains, buses and trams instead of private vehicles, significantly cutting down the event’s overall carbon footprint. Germany’s extensive and efficient public transport network makes this an effective solution. Match ticket holders are entitled to a 36 Hour Travel Pass for the entire regional public transport network at no additional cost, from 06:00 on your matchday until 18:00 the following day. Your 36 Hour Travel Pass is included in your free Fan Pass
(available from 3 June!)

Teams Travelling by Train: Participating national teams will also travel by train between match locations, reducing the carbon footprint associated with team logistics. Martin Kallen, CEO of UEFA Events SA stated, “Sustainable means that each team plays twice within one cluster. This allows the teams to get to know the stadiums and gives fans the opportunity to stay in the same area for two matches. It is a very important part of our sustainability strategy, and when the teams and fans travel we would like them to do so by bus or train”.

Technological Solutions for Sustainability

Tips for Euro 2024 Fans Exploring Germany

Germany’s public transport network is world-class, offering extensive coverage and frequent services. Here are some tips for making the most of your travel during Euro 2024:

  • Plan Your Journey: Use applications like You. Smart. Thing.’ to plan a more sustainable trip. Deutsche Bahn anticipates a 20% increase in usage of services during the tournament.
  • City Passes: Consider city passes that provide additional benefits, such as free entry to museums and attractions, alongside public transport access.
  • Regional Travel: Take advantage of Germany’s scenic regional routes. Trains offer not just transportation but a way to experience the countryside’s beauty.
  • Bike-Friendly Options: Many cities have bike-sharing schemes and bike-friendly public transport, making urban exploration easy and eco-friendly.

Key Host Cities to Explore

  • Berlin: Beyond the Olympiastadion, Berlin offers a rich history, vibrant arts scene and diverse culinary experiences. Highlights include the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall and Museum Island. Berlin is expected to welcome over 1 million visitors during the tournament
  • Munich: Known for its passionate football culture and stunning architecture, Munich’s Allianz Arena is a must-visit. Enjoy a stroll in the English Garden or a visit to the BMW Museum. Munich expects to welcome over 1.3 million visitors
  • Hamburg: Explore this bustling port city with its famous fish market, stunning Elbphilharmonie and vibrant nightlife. Hamburg is preparing for an influx of over 500,000 football fans
  • Cologne: Home to a breathtaking cathedral, Cologne boasts lively shopping streets and rich Roman history. Visit the Cologne Cathedral and explore its historic sites.
    The city anticipates accommodating over 600,000 visitors
  • Dortmund: Experience the heart of German football culture in Dortmund, where Signal Iduna Park becomes a fortress for fans. Dortmund expects around 400,000 visitors during the event

Economic Impact and Fan Experience

Euro 2024 is projected to generate over €2 billion in economic benefits, with significant contributions from tourism and hospitality. Local businesses are gearing up for a surge in demand and the hospitality industry is preparing to host millions of visitors.

Andreas Schär, Managing Director of EURO 2024 GmbH highlights, “Sustainability will be part of the tournament’s DNA. The match schedule for the group stages has been designed to minimise travel between the event’s 10 venue cities.”

Final Thoughts

As we anticipate the excitement of Euro 2024, it’s crucial to consider the event’s environmental impact. Addressing Scope 3 emissions is a complex but necessary part of creating a sustainable future for international sporting events. Through innovative initiatives and the collective effort of fans, teams and organisers, Euro 2024 is set to be a landmark event in the journey towards sustainability. Fans are encouraged to join this green initiative and make their journey to the tournament as environmentally friendly as possible. This summer, let’s cheer for our favourite teams and for a greener future.

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