‘Cleaner Air, Better Game’ Campaign in Full Swing at UEFA Under-21 Championship

23 June 2023

‘Cleaner Air, Better Game’ Campaign in Full Swing at UEFA Under-21 Championship

Teams, fans, officials and many others are playing their part for the environment this summer. With the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Georgia and Romania kicking off, there will also be off-field activities over the next two weeks as part of UEFA’s ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) sustainability strategy for the event.

Through ‘Cleaner Air, Better Game’, a campaign that began at the previous UEFA Under-21 tournament, UEFA and the participating national associations aim to raise awareness of the harmful effects of air pollution on public health, which according to the estimation of the World Health Organisation, leads to the loss of more than seven million lives every year.

In support of the campaign, activations will take place throughout the tournament, encouraging teams, fans, officials, volunteers and staff to play their part for a cleaner and healthier future.


UEFA has provided all eight stadiums and training centres with recycling bins for teams, officials, fans, volunteers and staff as part of its waste management initiative. Responsible waste management not only helps to improve air quality, but also plays a key role in mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Sorting waste can reduce associated emissions by 45 kg to 3 kg of CO2.


On Sunday the 25th of June, the Romanian Football Federation is organising together with Let’s Do It Romania! a clean-up action in the forest in the Străulești neighbourhood in Bucharest, as part of the ‘Cleaner Air, Better Game’ campaign.

In a gesture of care for the environment, dozens of volunteers will work for about two hours and a half to restore the beauty of nature.


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