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From: Christina Zöller, Matthias Zöphel
Date: December 3, 2009
Re: CONTRIBUTION: Strengthening Environmental Responsibility Policy
Purpose of Memo
The following memorandum is written to provide the UEFA with social responsibility suggestions concerning the environment. Climate change is having a direct impact on UEFA’s activities in the future as its organizing activities are outdoor and increasingly affected by droughts and floods and further effects of climate change. UEFA is also one of Europe’s institution having one of the greatest travel expenses each year and is thus also contributing to a great extend to climate change on its own and is therefore suggested to provide an offsetting return to the environment. Furthermore, the urgency and impact of climate change deteriorates with almost every newly released environmental report and the world requires pioneers to take a leading role in fighting this problem. UEFA has greatest influence on people’s behavior in and outside Europe and can therefore positively influence this behavior by setting an example. This will make people also act environmentally conscious and ultimately strengthen to make the way for football to continue to flourish in the long-term future. The memorandum will be divided up into five sections. First, some background information on the problem will be provided before issues arising from the problem will be discussed. The third section will state several options to tackle the problem while the fourth section identifies the stakeholders and their stakes in the problem. The final section will provide UEFA with clear recommendations about what climate change programs to undertake and when to undertake them all based on the analysis of the previous sections.
1. Problem Statement and Background
Even though the effects of climate change on UEFA can barely be seen yet, this report will argue that it will become a major concern in the future when no actions are taken. Two major future affections of climate change on UEFA were identified that will influence their soccer activities in Europe. These affections are first, the increasing occurrences of floods and secondly the increasing occurrences of droughts. Public water supply in Europe relies heavily on groundwater. A recharge of ground water supply is mainly occurring in the winter season and this recharge has had differing results over the last decades in Europe. While Central and Northern Europe measured increasing supply of groundwater, Southern and Western Europe explored a significant decrease. In Eastern Europe results measures have indicated differing effects with greater groundwater in North-Eastern Europe while less in South-Eastern. The effects of such increasing variances has already and will increasingly in the future cause progressively more floods and droughts respectively on the region. Flooded pitches cannot be played on and pitches that cannot be irrigated due to droughts are not good to play on them either. In 2007, wildfires in Greece and floods in Moldavia have destroyed many soccer pitches which UEFA financially assisted to rebuilt. These occurrences already indicate the effect that climate change can have on soccer and what might come in the future. A direct impact of floods and droughts will be the fact that food will become more expensive increasingly preventing people to afford soccer tickets Such effects would make it impossible for football to continue to flourish in the long-term future.
2. Discussion of Issues
UEFA has a direct negative impact on the worsening environmental situation because it is one of Europe’s organizations having the greatest expenditures in terms of air travel each year. The causes of climate change are all attributable to greenhouse gases. The most significant greenhouse gas is the one of carbon dioxide resulting largely from the burning of fossil fuels such as it happens in aircrafts. Greenhouse emissions have steadily increased over the last decades and are predicted to continue, (Appendix 1) making droughts and floods much more likely. In the calendar year of 2007, UEFA’s miles traveled totaled up to 102, 5 billion miles equaling approximately 20, 5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO²-e). While this amount of CO²-e is only caused by UEFA, there are even greater amounts caused by its major stakeholders, all the football clubs.