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First steps towards a more sustainable San Siro stadium

Something important is happening within the Sustainable San Siro project. After months of meetings and technical talks among the involved stakeholders, the project consortium (consisting of Eliante, Ecoistituto Lombardy and WWF Italy) signed with M.I. Stadio (the company managing the San Siro) a letter of intent that puts on paper what are the commitments that both parties are going to assume in order to make San Siro able to complying with clear and ambitious standards of environmental sustainability.

The letter of intent will be translated into practical actions aimed at strengthening separate collection of waste, improving energy efficiency, increasing employees’ awareness about sustainable behaviours and using of best available technologies to ensure improvements in terms of both environmental sustainability and economic savings.

The ultimate objective will be to get the EMAS certification (Eco Management and Audit Scheme), a voluntary tool created by the European Union that foresees continuous improvements in the environmental performance of organizations through the introduction of an environmental management system (based on ISO 14001) and an open dialogue with the public. This latter point is obtained by submitting an annual environmental statement containing a description of the organization's environmental policy and what the targets are in terms of reducing CO2 emissions, % of collected waste , % of energy and water saving, etc. . .

EMAS certification will help San Siro stadium to rise to the level of other famous arenas in the landscape of European football, scuh as Old Trafford in Manchester, Allianz Arena in Munich and Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea FC in London. Moreover, it will prepare the “Scala del Calcio” to host 2016 Champions League final with an extra eye to sustainability.