GAMES Project officially launched

World Athletics, the International Biathlon Union, the International Floorball Federation and Swedish Floorball Federation will work together to explore how their respective sports can adopt more practices to mitigate their impact on climate change.

As part of the GAMES (Green Approaches in Management for Enhancing Sports) project – an Erasmus+ funded initiative – project coordinators, the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, will analyse the climate governance and management models currently used in the three sports and support the development of decarbonisation strategies for each partner.

The GAMES project has five main aims:

  • Raise awareness and increase the adoption of climate change mitigation practices by key sports actors

  • Analyse the current climate change governance and management models adopted in athletics, biathlon and floorball and to develop a path towards decarbonisation for each sport

  • Support athletics, biathlon and floorball with strategic objectives, programmes and operational frameworks aimed at mitigating, neutralising or offsetting greenhouse gas emissions

  • Develop face-to-face and online training modules to improve the knowledge and awareness of sport organisation employees and supporters

  • Leverage the popularity of athletics, biathlon and floorball to broadly increase environmental awareness

Touchline, the London-based agency that specialises in sports and sustainability and publishes The Sustainability Report, will support the project as communication and dissemination partner.

“Decarbonisation is a global imperative for us to have a fighting chance to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. As a Sports for Climate Action Framework and Race to Zero signatory, we at the IBU are committed to significantly reducing the emissions caused by our activities. We look forward to learning about and implementing the various decarbonisation best practices that will be uncovered across sports through the GAMES Erasmus+ project,” said Olle Dahlin, president of the International Biathlon Union.

Over the project’s 30-month period, the GAMES partners will produce a number of deliverables, including sport and the environment webinars, a selection of workshops on decarbonisation and communication, a mid-term report and conference, a survey of sports managers and a final report and conference detailing the findings and achievements of the project, as well as regular updates via the GAMES website and newsletter.

Follow the GAMES project progress by signing up for its monthly newsletter on the GAMES website.

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