Environmental impact of sports

Other Names:
Lack of environmental sustainability in sports

Modern day sports in and of themselves carry a relatively light impact on the environment. However, the industry of sports – stadiums, games, fans, merchandise, etc. – are causing major environmental harm.   

According to the The United Nations Environment Programme: “Building and managing a sport facility and operating an event uses energy and can contribute to air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation, as well as to ozone-layer depletion, habitat and biodiversity loss, soil erosion and water pollution.” The impacts — which are common in large public organizations, and hardly limited to sports — include damage to fragile ecosystems, noise and light pollution, energy use and emissions, soil and water pollution and waste generation.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
17.03.2021 – 15:20 CET