Arsenal 100% Powered by Renewable Energy
Arsenal FC have scored an early goal in the fight against climate change by becoming the first Premier League football club to have its stadium 100% powered by renewable energy.
It marks the end of a process to ‘go green’ that the North London club embarked on a year ago in conjunction with renewable energy supplier Octopus Energy. The project actually goes beyond simply sourcing clean power from an outside supplier, to producing its own energy.
For example, all food waste from the stadium’s extensive catering operations is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant where it is converted to energy for use at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium.
The issue of water use is also taken care of by the club recycling its water supply, thus reducing waste (and water bills).
Octopus Energy has been working closely with Arsenal for some time in the drive towards green energy. The company. Is one of the biggest investors in solar plants throughout the UK, and has a network of 155 solar farms plus anaerobic digestion plants which will help Arsenal save 2.32 million KG of CO2 emissions a year. That is equivalent to the total carbon footprint of 580 of its fans.
Manager Arsene Wenger and Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis marked the official transition to 100% renewably supplied electricity at Emirates Stadium with Octopus Energy CEO Greg Jackson.
Earlier in the year Arsenal and Octopus Energy had also celebrated the United Nation’s World Environment Day by planting a sweet gum tree just outside the Emirates to kick off an Octopus Energy initiative to plant trees in schools across the UK.
Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis, talking to Arsenal.com, said: “It is important we all take steps in this area and I am pleased that we have switched to green energy as a result of our partnership with Octopus Energy.”
Greg Jackson said: “Green energy is at a tipping point, the technology to create electricity from renewable sources is now so efficient, that we can offer ‘green’ energy to our customers which is cheaper than many ‘non green’ tariffs. Being green doesn’t have to cost the earth.
“We have been delighted to work with such an awesome club as Arsenal, and are looking forward to continuing our partnership into the future.”