Football: In Italy, the spotlights will be turned on for less time


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SoccerIn Italy, the spotlights will be on for less time

Serie A is taking a first step to give “a virtuous example in a difficult moment of energy crisis”, explained its boss Lorenzo Casini, announcing measures.

At the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, a first step took place last year with the installation of LEDs in all spaces, for a saving in consumption estimated at 30%.

At the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, a first step took place last year with the installation of LEDs in all spaces, for a saving in consumption estimated at 30%.

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Turning on stadium floodlights for less time, essential even during matches in broad daylight: in Italy, football is also called upon to control its energy consumption in the face of the risk of shortages this winter and climate issues.

It is only a “first step”, to set “a virtuous example in a difficult moment of energy crisis”, admitted the boss of Serie A, Lorenzo Casini, announcing measures aimed at reducing by 25% the duration of lighting in stadiums.

Since last weekend, the floodlights must be on for a maximum of four hours, in all and for all. For daytime matches (until 6 p.m.), full lighting is only required one hour before kick-off, compared to 90 minutes previously, the duration still in effect for the 8:45 p.m. matches.

Doing without projectors during the day is not envisaged: perfect and uniform luminosity is necessary for TV broadcasters as well as for the operation of technologies such as video assistance (VAR) or the Goal Line, making it possible to tell whether a ball has crossed the goal line, underlines the League.

This “first step” echoes others in Germany (Bayern has limited the outdoor lighting of its stadium) and the debates in France on the possible abolition of night matches or, after the joke of the “sailing tank” from PSG coach Christophe Galtier on team travel.

lower the bill

The announcement of Serie A is part of the cost-cutting measures adopted in Italy, notably providing for a reduction in heating this winter (lowered temperature in buildings, shorter daily heating period and duration).

Beyond the energy emergency, the League ensures that it is engaged in a more global reflection on the energy sobriety of the stadiums: a working group is in place and must examine the stadiums of the championship one by one.

In the short term, the handful of speakers not yet equipped with LED lighting will soon be. In the longer term, the idea is to encourage the installation of photovoltaic panels and heating systems of renewable origin. With a real economic interest for Italian clubs bloodless after the coronavirus pandemic. Because even if the stadiums are public for the most part, « it is the clubs who pay the bills », we recall within the League.

« Awareness in the world of football is increasing on environmental issues, » says Tiberio Daddi, researcher at the Institute of Management at the Sainte-Anne de Pisa School, specialist in environmental and sport issues.

« And the impact of a football match is real, it makes sense to look at what can be done, » adds this expert, who works in particular with Juventus on the impact of the club’s activities.

Energy-efficient LED technologies

According to his work, based on data from Betis Sevilla, a match generates greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the CO2 that some 2,400 trees can absorb in a year. If a club has little leeway on subjects such as the movement of supporters, a major item of emissions for sporting events, it “has more” with regard to energy consumption at the stadium, observes this researcher.

Beyond match lighting, daylight-simulating lamp systems to stimulate turf growth are another important source of savings, he says: « They are widely used, but there are also less energy-consuming LED technologies,” recalls the researcher.

At the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, an enclosure managed by the public body Sport e Salute, another “first step” took place last year with the installation of LEDs in all spaces, for an estimated gain in consumption of 30% .

« But it’s a long journey (…) On all sports facilities in Italy, we have to think about how to work in this period which will become very complicated, especially in October and November », indicates Diego Nepi Molineris, director general of this organization responsible for promoting sport in the country.

(AFP)



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