Life Tackle, a project co-financed by the European Union designed to improve the environmental management of football matches, is working with Portuguese Primeira Liga club FC Porto to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at its Estadio do Dragão.

The 50,000-seat venue is serving as one of the pilot stadia for the Life Tackle project and last month two researchers from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies visited the ground for two days.

Life Tackle said that the main objective of the visit was to calculate the stadium’s carbon footprint and promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions during high-profile matches held at the venue.

The researchers met with Porto manager Sérgio Conceição to discuss how this can be achieved. The researchers also analysed the different levels of emissions by sources to determine “strategic emission goals” and provide future recommendations.

The Estadio do Dragão opened in 2003 ahead of Portugal’s staging of the UEFA European Championships the following year. The stadium also hosted the inaugural UEFA Nations League final last year.

Between 2018 and 2021, Life Tackle is collecting best practices on environmental management from different stadia across Europe and exchanging information among national football associations to guide their implementation.

Other stadia included in the adoption of environmental practices with the support of Life Tackle include Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, Seville’s Estadio Benito Villamarín, Bucharest’s Arena Nationala, and Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden.

Image: Валерий Дед