Sport and culture

Major sporting and cultural events can cause substantial environmental impacts. Whether as part of art festivals, film festivals or football world cups – participants, organisers and visitors consume energy and water at the venue; they cause greenhouse gases (e.g. during the journey to and from the venue) and leave behind waste.

In many projects researchers at Oeko-Institut have addressed in-depth how the greenhouse gas (GHG) balances of sporting and cultural events can be minimised, what measures would have to be taken, and how the guests of these events can be made more aware of environmental and climate protection and resource conservation. In doing so, they consider all aspects of environmental impacts and design sustainable strategies for climate protection, transport, energy, waste, material consumption, water, catering, procurement, awareness-raising and communication.

With respect to practical application, the researchers provide expert advice to the organisers on how environmental impacts can be reduced in the short and long term and support them during implementation. Based on the extensive experience and knowledge of Oeko-Institut’s researchers with regard to current environmental and sustainability issues, the comprehensive and high quality of advice is ensured . In lectures, specialist articles and publications, they communicate the results from research and consultancy so that others can make use of them.

Research priorities

Major sporting events
Cultural events
International expert advice
Exhibitions and conferences
Environmental concepts for major sporting and cultural events,
GHG balances and environmental impact assessments of events,
Advice on methodological questions (e.g. regarding eco-electricity, carbon offsetting),
Strategy advice for policy and associations.