This season we formalised our Sustainability Action Plan, which includes seven themes covering a range of important topics, each of which is overseen by a Sustainability Action Group.
In the stadium, single-use plastics have been eradicated, staff have been provided with personalised Gatorade refillable water bottles, and all non-sustainable consumables have been removed across our operational sites. We also joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme, a national scheme that recognises sustainable businesses.
In the period until March, we reduced our year-on-year electricity consumption by 9%, our gas consumption by 6% and waste by 4%. By addressing our energy consumption and replacing fixtures and fittings, our CO2 footprint reduced by 12%.
We worked with our Club Partner Xylem to review our potable and harvested water and identified a range of further efficiencies and usage options.
For fans, at the start of the season, we introduced a ‘Walk to the match’ to reduce car use and congestion, and to encourage active travel, and we trialled fan care share promotions for the first time too.
The formerly heavily-industrial 80-acre City Football Academy (CFA) site is home to a diverse range of wildlife, wildflower and grasses, and this year we found bank voles and never-seen-before spiders for the first time, and built ‘bug hotels’ to help develop the natural environment. We were very proud to win the IOG Environment/Ecology Project of the Year for 2019.
Reduction in CO2 footprint up to the postponement of the season in February 2020
This was due to energy consumption initiatives, including LED lighting and replacement of other fixtures and fittings – steady progress towards the target of annual reductions of 15%
Complete removal of single-use plastics throughout the stadium and staff catering operations achieved in autumn 2019
This follows a successful pilot last season. A new trial was undertaken to remove all PET bottles (for beer and soft drinks) in the South Stand
Number of species resident in 2020
Further expansion of the CFA green corridor with plant and wildlife habitats continuing to thrive. Developments this year include the discovery of bank voles living at CFA and the creation of ‘bug hotels’ to aid the natural environment
Institute of Groundsmanship Environmental/Ecology Project of the Year
IOG Industry Award 2019 for the City Football Academy