Large-scale sport events in times of megalomania: Bigger, better, more expensive. Sustainable?
Presented by: Sports Law Commission; Real Estate Commission; Environmental and Energy Law Commission
DATE & TIME
Wednesday, 4 September
14:00 – 16:00
Sforza B+C room; Level B-C (-2 floor)
Bigger, better, more expensive: This seems to be the slogan of every large-scale sport event, no matter if it is the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup. Billions are spent to host such events, but at what price? Often, infrastructure built disintegrates unused after the event, with no perspective of long-term investments ahead. In an era of increased scrutiny of sustainable investing, it seems that sustainability is not top of mind for organisers of large-scale sport events However, the world is changing.
Organisations like the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are setting an example by adopting sustainability practices in their events and promoting green building standards. Is this enough or should there be stricter measures? The joint session of the Sports Law Sub-commission, the Real Estate Commission and the Environmental and Energy Law Commission aims to examine how infrastructure for large-scale sport events can be built in a sustainable way, with positive benefits to the host community. Speakers from different countries and backgrounds will discuss these topics.
Bigger, better, more expensive: This seems to be the slogan of every large-scale sport event, no matter if it is the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup. Often, infrastructure built disintegrates unused after the event, with no perspective of long-term investments ahead.
The abandoned buildings (and huge invested amounts) of large scale sport events are arguably investments that stand in contrast to the UN Development Goals (especially Nr. 1 No Poverty, Nr. 4 Quality Education, Nr. 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities).
In this session we will in a first part have a look at the past and the lessons learned thereof. In a second part we will learn about environmental issues of infrastructure planning.
Past experience and outlook in connection to the UN Development Goals
3-sentence wrap up and moderation of questions to Mr Carrard.
Introduction of Mads Fuglesang and Paul Bassett
Speaker: Martin Foerster
Speaker: Mads Fuglesang, Selmer (Norway)
Speaker: Paul Bassett, Mason Hayes & Curran (Ireland)
An introduction to green building standards and how they could be applied/are applied to sport facilities
How could large-scale sport events help to reach the UN Development Goals?
What could be meaningful sustainability standards for large-scale sports events?
SPEAKERS & MODERATORS