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Source: DOSBFor more than 90 percent of the clubs in the first and second Bundesliga, ecological sustainability is a high priority. This has even risen again since the outbreak of the corona pandemic. This emerges from a survey carried out by the “Responsibility Working Group” made up of club representatives at the suggestion of the DFL Presidium. All 36 clubs that belonged to the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 in the past season 2019/20 took part in the survey. In the anonymous survey carried out between October 2019 and February 2020, 92 percent of the clubs stated that the topic of ecology was important for she is important. In view of the profound changes and financial uncertainties that the corona pandemic brought with it after the first survey was completed, this result was validated again in August 2020. This second query showed that the importance of ecology due to the corona pandemic has increased for 14 percent of the clubs and remained constant for 86 percent. The vast majority of clubs already have measures to reduce energy (72 percent ) and water consumption (69 percent) as well as the amount of waste generated (75 percent). 56 percent of the clubs operate their own photovoltaic systems to generate energy from renewable resources; geothermal energy, solar thermal energy, and air and gas heat pumps are also used in isolated cases. A total of 67 percent stated that they want to build (more) such systems in the future. A quarter of the clubs have introduced a certified environmental management system. At almost all stadium locations, fans are encouraged to travel to home games in a way that saves CO2 (92 percent), primarily through the possibility of free use of local public transport in conjunction with the admission ticket (89 percent). To encourage their employees to use resource-saving behavior, for example through training and internal campaigns, 78 percent said. 39 percent of the clubs have ecologically motivated measures in relation to employee travel, for example guidelines on the preferred use of public transport, emission compensation for business trips or the issue of job tickets. Eleven percent offset the CO2 offsets for team trips to the games, while 81 percent of the clubs run their own ecological projects, primarily in the areas of biodiversity and reforestation. In addition, 39 percent support the projects of external partners such as NABU, Viva con Agua or the Global Nature Fund. 53 percent of the clubs are working towards explicitly formulated sustainability goals, for which the development of holistic mobility concepts and the introduction of waste and energy management systems and the reduction of CO2 emissions and energy consumption are primarily defined. 17 percent state that they prepare a climate report, while 61 percent of all clubs have fixed contact persons for the topic of ecology. A total of 69 percent of the clubs increased the available human resources in the three years before the first survey. In the course of the second survey in August, 31 percent stated that they had increased their human resources between the first and the second survey, 56 percent plan to do so in the next three years. In August, 94 percent of the clubs set the goal of further expanding their sustainability commitment over the next three years. At the end of September, the results of the survey formed the basis of a virtual event to which the “Responsibility Working Group” invited CSR managers from all 36 clubs would have. The meeting served as an exchange about the knowledge gained and the opportunity to adopt good practice examples and to discuss possible hurdles and problems in the implementation of sustainability measures. The “Responsibility Working Group” then made the results of the survey and exchange event available to the DFL Presidium and the “Future Professional Football Taskforce”. Source: DFL


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