Premier League club launches strategy to tackle climate change

Premier League football club Brighton & Hove Albion has launched an environmental sustainability strategy and signed up to a UN commitment to tackle climate change.

The BHAFC environmental sustainability strategy commits the club to halving its emissions by 2030 and achieving net-zero by 2040.

It will also report annually on its carbon footprint as part of a commitment “to establish the club as one of the most environmentally sustainable clubs in the world by 2030”.

This includes improving energy and water efficiency, increase renewable energy generation, decarbonise heating systems and encourage fans and staff to use low carbon travel options, including promoting the take up of electric vehicles.

It also aims to minimise waste through recycling, find alternatives to single use plastics and ensure its supply chain is accessible.

Other commitments include enhancing biodiversity at its sites and encourage its supporters and live healthier and more sustainable lives.

UN commitment

The club has also singed the United Nations Framework for Climate Change (UNFCC) Sports for Climate Action Framework. More than 200 sporting organisations globally have already signed up.

This requires the club to take environmental action including reducing its climate impact and to promote sustainable and responsible consumption.

“Everyone at Brighton & Hove Albion is highly conscious of the issues surrounding climate change and environmental sustainability and we will continue to work closely with our various partners and stakeholders to minimise our environmental impact,” said chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber.

“As a club, we know we can make a difference with our own initiatives, both now and in the future.

"This strategy is a great step forward for the club and its fans, we know we can make a difference with our own initiatives, both now and in the future, and we are totally committed to doing so.”

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