The German Frauenhofer Institute has released a study in the sustainability of synthetic turf. The study addresses microplastcis and recycling, amongst others.
For the study, a team of scientists examined a total of 19 synthetic turf pitches in Germany and Switzerland. On the basis of analyses, data collection and surveys, the published report describes and evaluates the current status and makes recommendations for more sustainable sports fields construction. Both the side of the planners and manufacturers as well as those of the operators and users is addressed.
Besides studying the loss of infill a field experiences per year, the Frauenhofer Institute also analysed the CO2-footprints of synthetic turf fields. They conclude that, depending on the type of pitch, these are 9.4 to 29.8 kg carbon dioxide equivalent per hour of use.