Upon the recommendation of its partner WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and to address the impacts of these emissions the organisation selected Climate Friendly to help measure and offset all flight greenhouse gas emissions.
Since 2009 UEFA has offset over 162,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
UEFA established the Fair Play and Social Responsibility Committee in 2007 and formed a team called the football and social responsibility (FSR) unit. They aim to integrate social responsibility into their football activities and implement programs to serve as a tool for sustainable development. Other activities have included selling eco-tickets to matches that include free public transport and the building of an energy efficient headquarters in Nyon.
While UEFA has helped rebuild football infrastructure such as playing fields and stadiums lost in climate-related disasters, it also recognises the importance of trying to prevent these from occurring in the first place.
THE GOAL TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS
The objective of the UEFA partnership with Climate Friendly is to reduce the European governing body's carbon emissions by reporting on emissions and choosing projects to support that are compatible with its goals.
UEFA are using the Climate Friendly FlightPortal to measure travel emissions, buy carbon offsets and reduce their environmental footprint.
The FlightPortal integrates with UEFA's travel management systems to provide monthly reports on all flights taken by staff and officials.
This data is not only used to calculate the carbon emissions from flights, it allows UEFA to identify opportunities to improve the efficiency of its travel program, for example promoting video conferencing at headquarters in Nyon and reviewing the best forms of travel when needed.