Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC named most sustainable Premier League clubs

Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC (Spurs) have been named the most sustainable Premier League clubs for the second time by the Sport Positive League.

Liverpool FC and Spurs both achieved 24 points out of a possible top score of 27, across areas such as policy, clean energy, energy efficiency and single-use plastics.

For the 2022/23 season, the Sport Positive League has updated the way it awards points across various categories, making it more difficult to achieve top points unless the club is working holistically across all sites.

In 2021, Liverpool FC launched its sustainability strategy The Red Way. The football club has seen a 60% reduction in carbon emissions across fuel and electricity since 2019 and is the only Premier League club to be ISO20121, ISO50001 and ISO45001 certified.

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Liverpool FC commercial director Ben Latty said the Red Way is a “fundamental part” of the club, adding that he is aware there is more to be done, but highlighting that it has “ambitious targets moving forward”.

Last year, Spurs announced its commitment to halve its carbon emissions by 2030 and become fully net zero by 2040.

The club’s policies to reach this target include reducing its single-use plastic footprint and promote alternative forms of transport for fans and staff to and from the stadium and Training Centre that have a reduced impact on the environment.

Additionally, in September 2021, Spurs teamed up with media broadcasters Sky to host the world’s first net zero carbon football game at elite level.

Net zero was achieved by first measuring the baseline emissions of a match held at the Spurs stadium, and then lowering those emissions as much as possible and offsetting any that could not be reduced through a community reforestation project in East Africa, which removes carbon emissions from the atmosphere.

Tottenham Hotspur first team men’s player, Ben Davies said the players are “fully aware of the amount of work the Club is doing on the sustainability front”.

“Sustainable training sessions gave the players a better understanding of the impact a huge organisation like ours can have on the environment while also talking us through the ways we can reduce our emissions and be as sustainable as possible,” he added.

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