At Manchester City, we are driven by a passionate belief that football can have a positive impact on our communities and empower better lives.
Our 2023 Sustainability Report – Game Plan – is the nineteenth annual review of our ongoing sustainability work, detailing our targets, achievements and the progress we have made over the past twelve months.
We are committed to being net carbon zero by 2030, and to achieve this, we have identified the following areas of priority:
We are committed to reducing all waste handling, and 2022-23 saw us continue this trend with a 455.2-tonne reduction in waste. Meanwhile, we also increased the amount of recycled and reused, and we continue to send no waste to landfill. In total, just under 70% of all our waste is recycled, reduced or used as mixed waste.
To help achieve this, we continue to operate without single-use plastic items saving more than a million items from going to waste every season. We have also removed PET plastics from matchdays and all Academy operations.
We primarily use compostable packaging and packets on a matchday which, with all grass cuttings and any food waste, is then turned into compost in a machine and used on landscape areas across the City Football Academy.
We continue to use as much locally sourced food as possible, with over 70% of produce coming from the local area. Meanwhile, much of our food is also procured on a seasonal basis, and we support sustainable food growth by using surplus fruit and vegetables where possible.
Plant-based and low-carbon food including vegan burgers, pasties and loaded corn are available stadium-wide.
Since 2012, we have utilised the DERFA (GHG) protocol for our emissions impact measurement and reporting. The continuous use of the protocol ensures that the club can benchmark its actions and results year-on-year with the credibility of the protocol in place.
The Club also measures all its actions and activities – operations, development and events across the GHG Scopes 1, 2 and 3 and in 2022, we introduced a measure for embodied carbon, including retrospective measurement for existing properties and their respective development.
The club also measures match and concert days, the largest specific impact across the year so that there is a realistic understanding of how matches and events at the Etihad Stadium affect our emissions.
City Football Academy has reached the highest possible environmental standards – the gold standard under L.E.E.D. guidelines. Low carbon, low water and low waste measures are employed to minimise our impact on the environment and encourage local biodiversity.
Summer 2023 saw the transfer of an entirely new team to the City Football Academy in the form of eleven large bee posts. The novel landscape structures are designed to provide nesting habitat for a variety of bee species and other invertebrates. Before installation, 29 different species of bee had already been recorded at CFA and it is hoped the new habitat initiative will boost the number of species recorded on site.
We used 13.034m kwh of electricity in 2022-23 – this is a reduction of over 1.1m kwh in the year, and we remain zero rated for CO2 emissions.
The Club’s consumption of water was reduced by 7,425 cu/m last season. The Club is also working actively towards being water-positive.
In 2021-22 we undertook an extensive survey of our fans and match day travel and transport information as reported in Game Plan 2021-22. The review of 2022-23 fan travel built on this to provide an update and highlight practical options for future travel as trialled during the season, and for the first-time included emissions from Manchester City Women’s matches.
Our fans also took part in several initiatives, such as trailing a new bus network, to help reduce carbon emissions, alleviate local congestion and make travelling to and from match day and be more efficient.
The Club’s food, grass cuttings and compostable card are now turned into usable, sustainable compost for our landscape and we only use peat-free compost where it’s imported. Creating places and spaces for bees, moths, butterflies, bats and beetles is just part of the wider programme that’s helped make City Football Academy a thriving and healthy place to work and play for our club benefitting the wider neighbourhood too.
We cannot achieve our sustainable commitments alone, meaning that it’s essential that we engage people across all our operations.
This includes working with fans and community representatives to help achieve the change we need whilst working for practical and meaningful solutions to every issue, ranging from waste and congestion to energy and water.
The Club’s work with schools, colleges, community groups and individual, particularly through the community foundation – City in the Community (CITC) – provides positive opportunities for participation and engaging with a range of learning pathways, action plans and consultation.
Manchester City’s partners are highly valued across all club activities and many or all of them have significant commitments to social, environmental and/or economic sustainability.