How Ecoserveis is contributing to development through sport

This April 6 is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, and we are taking the chance to explain how Ecoserveis is coordinating and participating in several projects that handle development though the implementation of sustainable actions and strategies in sports, projects which are co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.

These strategies applied to the sport sector often touch on themes like energy efficiency, reduction of energy poverty and implementation of sustainable energy sources, which are topics mastered by Ecoserveis that are necessary for a socioeconomical community development.

Moreover, the contribution of sport to development is acknowledged by the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. According to UN, sport can have strong positive impact on the following Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Health and wellbeing.
  • Education’s quality.
  • Gender equality.
  • Economic growth and availability of decent job opportunities.
  • Reduction of poverty and malnutrition.
  • Proper water management and sanitation.
  • Peace and justice.
  • Responsible consumption and production.
  • Protection of the environment and climate action.
  • Sustainability of cities and communities.
  • Reduction of inequalities.
  • Affordable and clean energy.
  • Innovation for a proper and sustainable industry and infrastructure.

Therefore, Ecoserveis is working on the completion of these Sustainable Development Goals that are defined in the 2030 Agenda through the promotion of sustainable sport activities, sustainable sport events, and educational sport programs.


“Sport for development” projects that Ecoserveis has coordinated


Specifically, it is since 2020 that Ecoserveis has been involved in projects that handle development through sport. That year, Ecoserveis started coordinating the Play Green project, aimed at young people for the creation of sustainable sport events and to motivate them to practice sport in order to benefit from its social and environmental benefits over the development of their communities.


Currently Ecoserveis is coordinating the GreenCoach project that intends for the European football federations and clubs to incorporate sustainable standards and habits changes for sustainability through the development of an intuitive and easy to use digital tool to monitor their consumption and carbon footprint. The data obtained concerning the sustainable daily management of a club or sports facility will help to assess the improvements and to scale the changes to other clubs and facilities.

SDG Striker

SDG Striker is another project coordinated by Ecoserveis that started in 2021 with the aim to motivate the football federations and clubs of different European countries to disseminate and attain the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by testing and assessing the potential replication of best practices in their sport events and infrastructure. Some of these best practices are:

  • The substitution of artificial turf by more sustainable alternatives in Norwegian sport facilities.
  • The installation of renewable energy systems in Portuguese sport facilities.
  • The improvement on energy efficiency in Scottish football installations and the palliation of energy poverty in Scotland through the football community.


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