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Achieving Circularity in Cities through Environmental Sustainability of Sports (ACCESS) aims at enhancing sustainability and circularity in cities and regions by increasing the sport organisations’ capacities and knowledge on environmental matters, improving their governance patterns and making sport events more sustainable. Four pilot sport organisation and their respective stadiums will go through an extensive screening, including interviews, audits, and site visits, in order to understand their current environmental sustainability principles and environmental performances in general. Once their strategies and policies are compared to those of their respective cities, an action plan would be drawn up which would enable these sport organisations to contribute to overall transition towards circular economy locally and regionally. This would enable the four participating organisations - the Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA), the Danish Football Association (DBU), Porto Football Club (FCP) and the Welsh Football Association (FAW) to get closer to their local and regional authorities and open the windows to major cooperation across a variety of fields such as mobility, waste, energy, governance, procurement etc. Ultimately, they would also become reference organisations for other sport entities in their countries to replicate and multiply the ACCESS methodology.

Project financed by the Erasmus+ Sports Programme of the European Union, and the project will last for 3 years, from June 2022 to June 2025.



The ACCESS project is now concluding its first phase where ACR+ and its member, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, took field trips to the different partner sport organisations to screen their practices and conduct joint interviews with local key stakeholders to identify hotspots. All the partners are now working together to develop a compendium of best practices that will be published in early September.


More information:

Ernest Kovács

Francesco Lembo

Solène Padeletti



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