Tottenham vs Chelsea to go carbon neutral
Tottenham’s game against Chelsea is set to be the first ever Premier League game to strive for being carbon neutral, Sky and the club have revealed today.
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Sky and Tottenham Hotspur are making their fixture against Chelsea on September 19th the worlds first net zero carbon major football match pic.twitter.com/krGXoGZay5
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 6, 2021
The Premier League fixture is due to take place on 19th September, and will be used to “demonstrate the green steps that fans, the sporting world, and broadcasters can take to work towards a zero-carbon future.”
Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy spoke of his happiness to be involved, saying:
“We are delighted to be the chosen partner of Sky on this ground-breaking initiative that will demonstrate the role our game can play in addressing the urgent issue of climate change.
“As the Premier League’s greenest club, Tottenham Hotspur is passionate about our planet – we look forward to showcasing our wide range of sustainable measures that are already in place and encouraging our fans to take simple actions that can make a huge difference.”
What will it entail?
As per an the official statement, the players will be involved in keeping the carbon emissions to a minimum, including with travel:
“Both sets of players will head to the stadium on a coach that is running on biofuel, which is a form of renewable diesel produced from food waste products and reduces carbon emissions significantly. The players from both teams will also be drinking water on the day from cartons provided by Spurs, as opposed to plastic bottles.”
Fans will be encouraged to help out too, with options set to include:
“• Using public transport – the Club has driven significant investment in its local transport infrastructure with the stadium served by four train stations and a free matchday shuttle bus. Recent analysis has shown that the Club is close to achieving its target of no more than 23 per cent of supporters travelling by private car on matchdays.
• Cycling to the match – the Club has provision for up to 180 bikes to be parked at St Francis De Sales School and Tottenham Community Sports Centre, with our security policy allowing for equipment such as helmets, puncture kits and removable seats to be taken into the stadium.
• Choosing a plant-based food option – all food served inside the stadium is locally and sustainably sourced, with plant-based options available across all outlets and in Premium areas.
• Recycling waste – the Club has a ‘zero to landfill’ waste management programme, with clear recycling instructions for fans on its bins, as well as a reusable beer cup scheme.”
Should it prove a success, it could well be the first step towards helping the environment while enjoying the greatest sport on earth.