LFP figures on club travel by plane and train

While the controversy over the « sailing tank » at PSG is generating many reactions, the Professional Football League (LFP) claims to want to improve energy efficiency on a whole host of issues.

On the subject of energy sobriety, within the Association of Professional Sports Leagues, the Professional Football League (LFP) actively participates in the working group launched on August 22 by the Ministry of Sports. Considerations are currently underway to improve energy efficiency.

Heating, air conditioning and lighting are of course at the center of discussions with the clubs. The LFP’s objective is to reduce energy consumption by 10% over the next two years compared to 2019. Proof of the LFP’s voluntarism, the CSR criteria which include environmental issues will be significantly reinforced for the LFP. obtaining the Club License for the 2023/2024 season.

Clubs encouraged to carry out their own carbon footprint

In 2020, a calculation of the carbon footprint of player and spectator travel was carried out by the expert firm Ecoact at League level, based on the 2018/2019 season (then the last full season with the public ), in order to obtain a first concrete photograph of the carbon impact linked to travel.

This first calculation made it possible to obtain the following data:
► Of all the matches of the 2019/2020 Ligue 1 Uber Eats and Ligue 2 BKT season, 65% of trips were made by plane, 31% by bus and 4% by train.
►66% of clubs are ready to consider making any trip with a journey of less than 4 hours by bus, or even do so already; and 19% of clubs are willing to try a few matches.
► 26% of clubs are ready to use the train for a direct journey of less than 3 hours and 39% are ready to try for a few matches.
► Of the total carbon emissions emitted linked to travel, 87% come from the travel of supporters to get to the stadium.

Since June 2022, professional football clubs are now encouraged to carry out their own carbon footprint in order to develop a low carbon strategy and a concrete action plan aimed at reducing their carbon impact.

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