As the largest multi-sport event in Germany since the 1972 Olympic Games, the European Championships Munich 2022 got the whole of Munich moving and united the existing European championships of nine Olympic sports and the festival The Roofs under one roof. The Local Organising Committee have published their final sustainability report, with outstanding figures highlighting the long-term effects the sustainability management has triggered on all three levels (economic, ecological, and social). The City of Munich benefited with a local added value of 122 million euros* and achieved an advertising value of 486 million euros** through the visibility in all media throughout Europe.
Using water dispensers, over 500,000 PET bottles were saved and over 5,000 kg of banners and flag materials were recycled. By offering 120 hours of inclusive services with audio descriptions, inductive hearing systems and sign language interpretation, the event was an inclusive experience for all. Munich 2022 also left a lasting impression on the youth: more than 83,000 children and teenagers were part of the Future Class of 22 initiative.
Sustainability was made a priority in the organisation of the multi-sport European Championships. The organisers relied on long-term concepts and the reuse of existing infrastructures. Munich 2022 proved that a large-scale event and sustainability can go hand in hand, serving as an inspiring example for future events in more ways than one.
The success of the Count & Last initiative is reflected in the following facts and figures:
All data and background information can be found in the final sustainability report of the European Championships Munich 2022.
The commitment of the European Championships Munich 2022 on this topic was recognised on 31 May with the Award for Sustainability in Sport at the SPOBIS Conference 2023, Europe's largest sports business event. In the "Venue & Event" category, Munich 2022 was chosen as the winner for its outstanding sustainability initiative.
We are proud that we have managed to comprehensively integrate sustainable aspects, enable social participation, and raise awareness of environmental issues at a sporting event of this size and within budget. We have set ourselves this task and are certain that by hosting the European Championships Munich 2022 we have contributed to a more sustainable future for major sporting events. We are particularly pleased that this commitment has now also been recognised with the SPOBIS Award for Sustainability in Sport.
With the European Championships 2022 in Munich, Germany has presented itself as an excellent host of sustainable major sporting events. The event was an important milestone in the national strategy for major sporting events and is a model for the many future major sporting events in Germany as a sporting nation. The European Championships 2022 have shown that we are on the right track to establish Germany as a leading location for sustainable major sporting events.’
The largest multi-sports event in Munich since the 1972 Olympics has lived up to expectations in every respect. The old Olympic sports venues shone in new splendour and the European Championships set exemplary standards with the topic of sustainability.
The European Championships Munich 2022 were a great success for the city of Munich. The topic of sustainability played a major role at the event and made a significant contribution to the fact that the event will remain in the hearts of Munich residents for a long time to come.
About the European Championships Munich 2022:
Nine European Championships under one roof - the second edition of the European Championships took place in Munich from 11 to 21 August 2022 and was a complete success. More than 4,000 athletes from 50 nations took part in athletics, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics rowing, sport climbing, table tennis, and triathlon. Germany finished atop the medal table after 175 medal decisions and was awarded the European Championships Nations Trophy.
The multi-sport European Championships were founded by European Championships Management Sàrl (ECM). The umbrella organisation manages and coordinates the event in cooperation with the participating federations, host cities and media partners. The date for the third edition of the European Championships in 2026 has been set for the period from 30 July to 9 August. The process of selecting host cities for future editions of the event is coordinated by ECM.
*Source: Department of Labour and Economic Affairs of the City of Munich
**Source: Intelligent Research in Sponsoring GmbH