Major sporting venues including Lord’s, Wembley and Twickenham make move towards greener practices

Major sporting venues including Lord’s, Wembley and Twickenham make move towards greener practices

It is not just Premier League clubs who are becoming greener, according to an audit by The Daily Telegraph, the same is happening at England football, rugby and cricket matches (and major club finals), Wimbledon, the Open, the Grand National, Cheltenham Festival, and Royal Ascot.

The Football Association said Wembley was awarded the highest standard of sustainability in September by the International Organisation for Standardisation (Iso) for its event sustainability management system.​

This follows efforts this year to eliminate single-use plastic straws and introduce vegan options for all fans. Cycle storage and car-charging points were already in place while the stadium was trialling reusable cups. The FA also said Wembley had been zero waste to landfill since 2010 and that St George’s Park, home of England’s 24 national teams, boasted almost 1,000 solar panels.​

Twickenham, which has LED floodlights and solar panels on its South Stand, has held the Iso certification since 2013. The Rugby Football Union stated that the stadium had been zero waste to landfill for five years and that all drinks at events were served in a £1 “eco cup” that could be redeemed if returned. It said Twickenham had vegan options and cycle storage and was in the process of getting public access to car-charging points.​

Like Twickenham, Lord’s offers vegan options and cycle storage as well as benefiting from solar panels on the Warner Stand, while the MCC confirmed the venue had used 100 per cent wind-generated electricity since 2017 and that LED floodlights would be installed in 2022. The ground has been zero waste to landfill since 2009 and had introduced a reusable cup scheme. There is no spectator parking on match days.​

The All England Club, venue for Wimbledon, said it had bought 100 per cent renewable energy, had LED floodlights on Centre Court and Court One, was zero waste to landfill and was working towards eliminating single-use plastic. A vegan offering was in development, cycle storage was already in existence while there are plans to look at car-charging points when The All England Club has the space to control public parking.​

The R&A, meanwhile, said the Open had been zero waste to landfill since 2015 and a new scheme this year removed more than 100,000 single-use plastic bottles from the venue. More environmentally-friendly transport options were promoted, including park and ride facilities, encouraging the use of public transport, installation of secure bike rack facilities, and use of electric/hybrid vehicles in the player transportation fleet.​

And in the world of racing, the Jockey Club said it bought its electricity through certified green sources and that solar panels had been installed at Cheltenham. Sites had also been zero waste to landfill since last year and it was phasing out all single-use plastic. It said all its sites had vegan options and cycle racks and that its racecourses – which include Aintree – was the first network of sports venues in Britain to install car-charging points.​

Ascot Racecourse said it was zero waste to landfill and had rolled out LED lights and motion detectors to reduce its electricity use. New plant-based menus for this year’s Royal meeting were introduced and Ascot was reviewing its provision of cycle racks, walking trails and electric charging points.​

Silverstone, host of the British Grand Prix, was the only event organiser not to respond.

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