“K-League Greenhouse Gas Emissions Measurement Report” with Hana Financial Group and Community Chest of Korea.

This is the first attempt to measure greenhouse gas emissions in domestic sports. In foreign countries, measurements are being made by each club, and the German Bundesliga has started measuring greenhouse gas emissions by all clubs at the league level since this year.

The “K-League Green Gas Emissions Measurement Report” was published as part of the “K-League Green Kick Off” introduced in 2021 by the Federation, Hana Financial Group, and Community Chest of Korea. The “K League Green Kickoff” is an environmental campaign to improve the sustainability of soccer through the creation of an eco-friendly league.

In order to reduce carbon and move toward carbon neutrality, identifying greenhouse gas emissions is the most important task. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which the federation has been participating in since 2021, also requires the submission of reduced greenhouse gas emissions through campaigns and campaigns.

The purpose of the publication of the “K League Greenhouse Gas Emissions Measurement Report” is to manage information related to greenhouse gases of current clubs and to confirm the limitations of collection.

The report was based on data submitted by nine out of 25 clubs based on data from 2021.

The measurements were classified into three categories: Scope 1 (direct greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels such as facilities, equipment, and vehicles that the team owns, operates, and manages directly), Scope 2 (indirect greenhouse gas emissions from electricity and heat consumption purchased by the team), and Scope 3 (indirect greenhouse gas emissions that occur as a result of the team’s activities but are not owned or managed by the team).

The report contained the measurements of Scope 1 and 2.

As a result of the measurement, the K-League club was emitting an average of 500 to 600 tons of CO2eq (carbon dioxide conversion) per year. The total amount of greenhouse gas emissions was directly affected by the operation of the clubhouse.

In addition, in the case of water use by stadium, water use was affected by the size of the stadium, management of landscaping grass, and management methods such as whether rainwater was reused.

Measurement of greenhouse gas emissions in the domestic sports sector is now in its infancy, and there is a limitation in that it is difficult to clearly know the actual usage depending on the stadium environment. In order to manage and reduce continuous greenhouse gas emissions, it is most urgent to establish a system for quantified data collection.

The Federation said, “In the future, we will expand the scope of measurement by collecting Scope 3 data, which accounts for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions in professional sports.”

He added, “Furthermore, we will continue to prepare a system to collect and manage greenhouse gas emissions and waste volumes so that the club can increase its participation.”


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