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1st Edition

Sustainable Football
Environmental Management in Practice

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ISBN 9781032132365
May 10, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
328 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the different environmental strategies adopted in the football world to foster sustainability.

The authors lay out useful insights, both for scholars and practitioners, to improve good governance in football organisations by empowering environmental organisational and operational actions. As well as examining practical methods of implementing green initiatives, the book discusses their added values from different perspectives including football fans, football managers and policy makers. By identifying the most important green actions for the dissemination of environmentally friendly behaviours both at individual and organisational level, the book demonstrates how football organisations can use operational and organisational methods to develop an environmental sustainability strategy. The book contributes to develop the role of the football world by covering different facets of sustainability such as the circular economy, climate change, green marketing, fans engagement and more. 

It will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of environmental management, sustainable business and corporate social responsibility, as well as professional working in the football industry.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Perspective on environmental management in the frame of sport social responsibility
    1. Environmental sustainability in sport social responsibility
    2. Environmental management as a strategic approach

  2. Environmental sustainability in football
    1. State of the art of the diffusion of environmental sustainability among football organisations
    2. The challenge of climate change for football organisations
    3. Risk perception of environmental impacts
      1. Regulatory and legal risk
      2. Physical risk
      3. Reputational risk
      4. Economic and financial risk
      5. Innovative and technological risk
      6. Changes in consumer needs and in the supply chain

  3. Organisational and operational environmental management in football
    1. Practices on the governance of football organisations and events
      1. Procurement

    2. Practices on the operational management of football events
      1. Water consumption
      2. Waste production
      3. Material consumption
      4. Food & Beverages consumption
      5. Energy consumption
      6. Communication
      7. Sustainability of infrastructures
      8. Pitch management
      9. Biodiversity
      10. Mobility and Logistics

  4. Environmental certifications for football organisations
    1. Introduction to environmental certifications for football organisations
      1. Environmental certifications of organizations and of their activities/processes
      2. Environmental certification of products and services
        1. The EU Ecolabel
        2. The EU Energy Label
        3. The EU Organic Label

    2. Sustainable events with ISO 20121
    3. The standard ISO 14001 and the EMAS Regulation
      1. Environmental Review
      2. Environmental Policy and Improvement Program
        1. Environmental Policy
        2. Environmental Improvement Program

      3. Environmental Management System
      4. Audit and Review
        1. Audit
        2. Review

      5. Third party verifications
      6. EMAS Regulation and the environmental declaration

  5. Life Cycle Assessment as a support for sustainable football
    1. Life Cycle Assessment and the ISO 14040 standards
    2. The methodology of the European Commission for the Environmental Footprint: similarities and differences with the LCA approach
    3. Life Cycle Assessment of grassroots football matches

  6. Climate change and Circular Economy in football organizations
    1. Circular economy: a new paradigm
    2. Rethink football business models in a circular way
    3. Measuring the circularity of football organisations and events
    4. Climate change: the challenge of this era
    5. Football fighting climate change
    6. Measuring football organization’s climate change impact: the ISO 14064

  7. Green marketing, environmental communication and greenwashing in football
    1. Environmental sustainability as a green marketing strategy
    2. Building a correct communication on environmental sustainability
    3. Avoiding greenwashing and the risk of greenwashing in football organisations
    4. Creating an ESG conscious football world

  8. Fostering behavioural changes in football fans
    1. Theoretical framework of behavioural change
    2. The role of football fans in the environmental sustainability of football
      1. Measuring the environmental awareness of supporters
      2. Perceptions and expectations of fans on the environmental management of football
      3. The role and pro-environmental attitude of fans during football events

    3. Incentivise green mobility among football fans



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Luca Marrucci is a research fellow at the Institute of Management at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies where he is also part of the research group on Sport Sustainability. His research interests range from corporate environmental management, passing through sustainable consumption and production, to resource efficiency and circular economy. He is currently working in several European and National projects. He is also involved in teaching courses at the University of Siena and he is Adjunct Professor at the Institute Lorenzo de’ Medici of Florence.

Tiberio Daddi is Associate Professor in Management at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies where he coordinates the research group on Sport Sustainability Management. His research interests range from corporate environmental management to sustainable consumption and production, from Environmental footprint, performance and LCA to circular economy. He is project manager of relevant international projects funded mainly by European Commission, he has been involved as European projects evaluators, he is partner of Spin Off company of SSSA. He is the owner of numerous scientific publications published in international journals relating to the relevant research area. He teaches at the International PhD in Management and the Master in Environmental Management and Control of the SSSA and the Executive Master in Circular Economy Management at the Luiss Business School of Rome.

Fabio Iraldo is currently holding academic positions as Full Professor of Management at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, where he co-ordinates a research group within the Institute of Management, and as Research Director at GREEN, former IEFE – "Centre for Geography, Resources, Environment, Energy and Networks", a research centre of Bocconi University in Milan. Fabio is the leader of the sustainability management area at the Institute of Management. He is responsible for teaching courses in Sustainability Management in several post-graduate MSCs and business schools (SDA-Bocconi, SIAF). Among his main research activities, there are pilot projects and studies carried out on behalf of national and EU institutions. He is author of more than 100 articles, many of which published in international scientific reviews with Impact Factor.