Baltic RECoord – winning sustainability!

Updated: Jul 14, 2020

Baltic RECoord is a new project on sustainable sports events that involves four ENGSO member organisations - the Swedish Sports Confederation, the Estonian Olympic Committee, the Latvian Sports Federations Council and the Union of Lithuanian Sports Federations. Baltic RECoord has started in September 2018 and will run for 18 months.

Sustainability has become a crucial parameter in international sports and something that all countries must relate to, especially within the Olympic movement, as the International Olympic Committee has adopted the Olympic Agenda 2020 with a strong focus on sustainability. The sports movement in general - and international sport events specifically - have a great potential to become the “societal glue” and forerunners in the transition to a more socially and ecologically sustainable society. Therefore, the project’s aim is to create a base for knowledge-sharing contributing to a transformation of sports events in the Baltic region.

Through a number of workshops and online seminars the project will engage relevant stakeholders in each country in different sports, and encourage them to share their experiences and ideas. The project also has a capacity-building potential through the involvement of external experts. With a focus on collaboration and creating networks, the project will increase the knowledge on sustainable sport events within the participating countries. It will also examine the possibility to file a common bid for a big international sport event. Hopefully there is going to be a presumption for continued cooperation between the countries when the project ends.

Participants of the first workshop of the project

The project, which is financed by the Swedish Institute, was initiated by the Swedish Sports Confederation that has been working with sustainability in sports events for a few years, trying to understand the scope and develop tools to deliver competitive, efficient and fun sustainable events.

The two tools that are developed by the Swedish Sports Confederation and will be translated to English within the project are:

46 aspects of sustainability, a tool with inspirations on different aspects of sustainability and how to implement them at events;

Event Impact Calculator, a tool that helps to make some calculations around the event to make sure that it will be economically, socially and ecologically sustainable.

The tools aim to help sports federations and other event organisers to create sustainable sport events. The Baltic RECoord project will look into the possibility to adapt these tools and make them available to a wider international audience.

The first online seminar “Sustainability – the big picture – how can the international sports movement get it all into strategic action” was broadcasted on 21st November 2018, and you can watch it here.

For more information about the project, please contact Charlotte Sundvall.

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