Sport is based on the concepts of respect, understanding, integration and dialogue, and contributes to the development and fulfilment of individuals regardless of age, gender, origin, beliefs and opinions. Sport is a unique forum for action and reflection to transform our societies.
Audrey Azoulay Unesco General Manager
Sport is a universal language that unites peoples, cultures and genders. A powerful, direct language on which the United Nations intends to push to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
In order to actively contribute to the achievement of some of the Sustainable Development Goals, the European Aquatics Championships Roma 2022 will be organised through the implementation of concrete and tangible actions that can generate positive impacts for the community and the environment.
Rome 2022, through the direct involvement of partners and sponsors, is organising its sustainability activities in the following strategic action areas:
- CIRCULAR ECONOMY
- RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT
- COMPENSATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
- INCLUSIVENESS AND ACCESSIBILITY
- GOVERNANCE AND TRANSPARENCY
The services and initiatives are implemented and carried out with the Sustainability Partner Circularity, a Milan-based non-profit company operating in the circular economy. Through Circularity, various virtuous realities will be involved to start a path towards environmental and social sustainability.
RECOVERY OF FOOD SURPLUSES WITH THE BANCO ALIMENTARE ROMA ODV ASSOCIATION
Thanks to the involvement of the Banco Alimentare Roma, the European Championships will develop a project for waste reduction: all foodstuffs left over at the refreshment points set up in the Foro Italico Commercial Village will be recovered by the non-profit charitable organisations of the Banco network, to be virtuously used by them for food assistance to the neediest. An important co-operation that demonstrates how even in the most challenging paths it is possible to ensure that no one is really left behind.
G-TECH ECO-COMPACTORS FOR PLASTIC RECYCLING
Plastic is by nature a recyclable material. Plastic packaging should not be seen as waste, but as a valuable resource. The production of virgin PET requires large amounts of resources and emits a lot of CO2 into the atmosphere. If this is incinerated after use, CO2 emissions increase further. Therefore, under the principles of the circular economy, it is essential that as much plastic as possible remains in the recycling cycle, is processed into so-called rPET and is used to produce new packaging and/or new objects. In order to actively contribute to the principles of circular economy, thanks to the partnership with the company G-Tech, eco-compactors will be installed in the Foro Italico Commercial Village. These are machines for the selective collection of PET and aluminium bottles, capable of selectively recognising these types of bottles, reducing their volume and favouring the recycling process, and giving new life to these resources.
SMOKERS POINT RE-CIG FOR UPCYCLING CIGARETTE BUTTS
Each year, the tobacco industry produces six trillion cigarettes that are consumed by one billion smokers worldwide. These cigarettes contain filters composed mainly of microplastics known as cellulose acetate fibres. If disposed of improperly, cigarette butts are broken down by factors such as sunlight and moisture and release microplastics, heavy metals and many other chemicals, impacting human health and ecosystems.
(Source UNEP www.unep.org/technical-highlight/unep-secretariat-who-fctc-partner-combat-microplastics-cigarettes )
Thanks to the co-operation with Re-Cig, an innovative start-up founded in Trento in 2019, it will be possible to transform cigarette butts into a new virgin material that can be used to produce new objects. How? Through the installation of ashtrays, 'smokers points' placed inside the Foro Italico Commercial Village. The cigarette butts recovered thanks to these columns are collected by the start-up for the subsequent recycling and upcycling process, thus contributing to the principles of circular economy.
Environmental sustainability as a Roma 2022 priority
Roma 2022 is strongly committed to organising the European Aquatics Championships with the utmost respect for environmental sustainability.
Thanks to the collaboration with CGTE SpA - TESYA Group , one of the most important energy suppliers at the European level, a state-of-the-art integrated energy system has been used with state-of-the-art units built in 2022. In addition to energy savings, the electrical systems allow for a significant decrease in emissions to the environment.
With the help of a department specialising in the research and development of new technologies with low environmental impact, CGTE SpA and Roma 2022 have created an efficient system that drastically reduces energy waste, as well as reducing pollutants (compared to the best technologies of 2020).
Alcuni dati utili:
Carbon dioxide CO2 = - 25 % | Nitrogen oxide NOx = - 90 %
Hydrocarbons HC = - 75 % | Particulate matter PM = - 95 %
The electrical systems built, fully automated and remotely controlled, are serving the European championships, in RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana's facilities for live TV broadcast and in those of the Italian Swimming Federation, guaranteeing a very high degree of reliability with a very effective sustainable impact.
COMPENSATION / REFORESTATION
Work in progress