Premier League agrees sustainability commitment

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Football clubs have agreed to a Premier League Environmental Sustainability Commitment, which introduces a minimum standard of action on environmental issues.

The commitment outlines four operational measures, which will build on existing action made by clubs to reduce their environmental impact and provide a foundation to underpin long-term environmental ambitions.

The new Premier League Environmental Sustainability Commitment will see each club:

1. Develop a robust environmental sustainability policy, by the end of the 2024/25 season
2. Designate a senior employee to lead the club’s environmental sustainability activities
3. Develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions dataset (scope 1, 2 and 3) by the end of the 2025/26 season and work towards a standardised football-wide approach to measuring emissions
4. Support the development of a common framework for action via the Premier League Sustainability Working Group (PLSWG)

The measures have been developed following extensive consultation with clubs and the Premier League Sustainability Working Group, which was established last year to help shape and inform environmental practices across the league.

Last month, an event took place at Anfield as part of the Premier League’s commitment to empowering young people to take positive action around climate change.

Children participated in Premier League-funded community programmes – Premier League Primary Stars, Kicks and Inspires – and were invited to exhibit their activities at the Protect the Planet Celebration Event at the home of Liverpool Football Club.

Will Hutton, Head of Sustainability at the Premier League, said:

We are running projects like today to make sure that we can use the platform that football has to educate and spread awareness.

With the Premier League Stadium Fund we have been investing in new hi-tech infrastructure across the grassroots game such as energy-efficient floodlights and solar panels.  We have pushed climate-change training through all of our academies to make sure the next generation of footballers are fluent on climate issues.

Launched in August 2022, and designed to reduce the barriers to participation in youth social action, the Protect the Planet Challenge increases young people’s knowledge and understanding about environmental sustainability and empowers them to positively influence climate change action in their local communities.