As part of our DO MORE program, we launched a forest strip reconstruction program in the settlement of Kosd, not far from Budapest. The joint initiative of EHF EURO 2022 and WWF Hungary contributes to the goal we have set before: to reduce the environmental footprint of the tournament. During the opening of the program, we planted trees and shrubs with well-known public figures.
WATCH GAMES. SEE MORE. – this slogan covers not only gastronomic, cultural and entertainment programs, but also environmental initiatives. The aim is to move as many people as possible in the run-up to the EHF EURO 2022, also for noble purposes.
We place great emphasis on social responsibility and sustainability, for which we have developed the DO MORE program.
Our new partner, WWF Hungary, assessed the carbon dioxide emissions of the travel of the teams participating in the EHF EURO 2022. We want to offset this carbon footprint with our habitat reconstruction program.
As part of the cooperation, we planted trees in the settlement of Kosd in Pest County, and the habitat development is able to absorb the mentioned carbon dioxide emissions in a few decades. This project not only helps eliminate the carbon footprint, but will ensure the creation of the ecosystems of many species and related services. Thus the protected species can find new habitat, and also can achieve results in terms of erosion protection and micro climate control.
Dr. Szabolcs Bíró, the head of the organizing committee of the European Championship, said about the cooperation: „We need to set an example that it is possible to organize a large-scale event in an environmentally conscious way. To this end, we cooperate in authentic programs and with authentic partners, such as WWF Hungary. And planting trees in Kosd is a very important part of our more than a year of cooperation.”
We planted trees and shrubs on a total area of 2.3 hectares, and Ferenc Kurdi, the mayor of Kosd, helped the organization to select the varieties.
„Among the environmental efforts, more and more attention is paid to climate change, reduction and carbon sequestration. We are very pleased that the organizers of a sporting event make their mark on the issue of environmental protection. I trust that they will set an example for others” said Mátyás Farkas, WWF Hungary’s climate protection expert.
Péter Puskás, one of Hungary's best-known and most popular musicians and singers, also took part in the event: „I believe that nature conservation cannot be just a trend. It is very important that we work for our environment in such a way that it has a real result. That’s why I was happy to join the WWF Hungary and the EHF EURO 2022 joint project, and I was happy to plant trees with the kids.”