Our place to live, work and play. Our place to support our communities. Our place both today and tomorrow.
Our place is one of beautiful football. But it's also one of sustainable development. Because it's our place to make sure we have a positive impact on all our communities, both now and in the future.
Manchester City FC was founded as a community group. Our very reason for being was to help local people. These principles still exist today while our ambitions for positive change have grown significantly.
Whether it's managing our environmental impact, improving life chances for local people or the way we run our business - sustainability sits at the heart of all our decision making.
We are committed to reducing our usage of electricity, gas and waste - alongside our CO2 footprint.
We encourage and support active travel, as well as increasing local biodiversity.
Our procurement policies ensure we use and support local suppliers.
We ensure our suppliers and partners adhere to ethical business practices.
2022 Annual Sustainability & Impact Report
At Manchester City we are driven by a passionate belief that football can have a positive impact in our communities and empower better lives.
Our 2022 Sustainability Report – Game Plan – is the eighteenth annual review of our ongoing sustainability work, detailing our targets, achievements and the progress we have made over the past twelve months.
Manchester City's CO2 Headlines
2021-22 saw CO2 emissions reduced by 31.8%, as well as:
- 26% reduction in gas consumption
- Reduced use of materials, consumables and waste
- Ecology and biodiversity continuous improvements
- Increased use of recycled materials and reduced plastic consumption
- All electricity supplied from certified renewables
- Industry-leading research into fan and club travel behaviours
We continue to create safe, clean spaces and we have increased the amount of biodiversity and ecology to enhance green space and wildlife habitats across our campus. In doing so, we can create thriving habitats in East Manchester.
As part of this, in 2022, we opened our all-new City TV Studio at The City Football Academy – complete with cool lighting and eco-by-design. The new studio hosts a magnificent living wall to complement the academy’s wide-ranging ecology and biodiversity programmes.
We are committed to reducing all waste handling, and 2021-22 saw us continue this trend with a 16% reduction in waste. Meanwhile, we also increased the amount of recycled and reused materials by 11%, and we continue to send no waste to landfill.
This combined effort to upcycle items across the Club has become key to our operations, and with our partners too. In April 2022, our Men’s and Women’s first teams supported Puma’s RE:JERSEY campaign by wearing tops pre-match made of repurposed football jerseys. In doing so, it helped to reduce waste and show recycled production models in the future.
We have also worked with partners such as Xylem and Etihad Airways to identify and implement new practical initiatives across our operations.
At the Etihad Stadium, further sustainable solutions have been introduced to our match day floodlighting and to the care and watering of our pitch.
Not only is this a sustainable programme to be proud of but it enhances match day experiences from improved lighting to maintaining the very best playing surface.
Our new underground ‘Permavoid’ system ensures the even distribution of air flow across 52% of the Etihad stadium pitch.
This system can hold up to 500 cu/m of water from rainfall which can then be fed through the pitch sprinklers and reused to water the pitch as needed.
Our new floodlighting technology has ensured a crisper and more even light output whilst having much less of an impact on the environment.
Sustainable Matchday Food and Drink
For the 2021-22 season, we trialled several new products as part of our journey to rid our planet of unnecessary waste. This included introducing items like edible tea and coffee cups, as well as wholly compostable packaging.
Vegan food is available at every food outlet across the stadium, counting for more than a fifth of food sales during the season.
We also brought in local street food vendors on to site to operate mobile and fixed point catering units.
MARKET PLACE - 2021
Helping link people in our community with jobs, careers and opportunities
As part of Manchester City and City Football Group’s commitment to support local communities through and beyond the Covid 19 Pandemic – Market Place (Manchester) was developed to introduce vacancies and opportunities to those now seeking work and training.
- Over 1600 people attended the event which saw 83 diverse organisations share with them over 15,000 opportunities.
- At the close of the event, over 200 immediate offers of work or guaranteed interviews were made. A ‘legacy’ virtual event was then provided on the MCFC web site to share the remaining vacancies.